Deborah Aragon, “Shri’My To Wi”,
was born into the Pueblo of Acoma in 1963.
She began learning the art of pottery making at the age of 15. Deborah
was inspired to continue the family tradition of making her pottery
by her grandmother, the late Helen R. Vallo. Deborah often observed
Helen’s hand coiling and painting techniques using traditional
using all natural pigments.
Deborah specializes in contemporary stone polished and etched Horse
Hair Pottery, otherwise known as “Greenware” or unfired
pottery. Deborah randomly throws authentic horse hair on her pottery
while its still hot and then, she removes the hair and she polishes
her pottery with a stone. She also etches animals and geometric patterns
on her pottery free hand. Her style of pottery has a unique Grey shaded
color in comparison to the other horse hair pottery available today.
She signs her pottery as: D. Aragon, Acoma.
Deborah is related to the following artists: Rose Chino, Grace Chino,
and Helen Vallo (grandmothers). Michael and Robyn Romero (Brother-in-Law
-1999 New Mexico State Fair 2nd Place
-1998 New Mexico State Fair 3rd Place
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies