Santa Clara Pueblo
Tina Garcia is a full blooded Native American Indian
born in 1957 into the Santa Clara Pueblo.
Pueblo children are seldom taught to make pottery. They learn by watching
and experimenting with clay on their own. She was inspired to learn
the art of pottery making from Lydia Garcia (mother), Angela Baca (aunt),
and Severa Tafoya (grandmother).
As a young child, Tina observed them with a careful eye in hopes that
someday she to would be able to add to the legacy of an artisan. Tina
displayed a strong interest in continuing the family tradition of pottery
making, at the age of 11. Her mother began to share traditional pottery
making knowledge with her.
Tina began hand coiling pottery for a living in 1980. She enrolled in
the School of American Research to study older traditional pottery.
Tina specializes in handmade traditional Santa Clara pottery (black
or red). All of her materials are provided for her from elements of
the earth. She gathers her own clay, cleans, mixes, shapes, coils, and
fires her pottery the traditional way, outdoors. Her pottery shows remarkable
gift for form, and her polish is of superior quality.
Today, Tina continues to produce only the finest quality of pottery,
and her capability of making large pieces are a success. They range
from 20” to 25” in height and diameter.
Tina has worked with many prestigious pottery demonstrations and has
assisted in producing a video along with Bruce Hucko for the Wheel Wright
Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. about traditional pottery in our current era.
Tina has won awards too numerous to list and she is referenced in several
publications. Her pottery is definitely an art to behold for generations