Wilfred Garcia, Jr., is a full blooded Native American
Indian. He was born in 1954 into the Acoma Pueblo.
He was inspired to learn the art of working with clay from his mother-in-law,
the late Stella Shutiva. She taught him all the fundamentals of working
with clay and using the ancient traditional methods that have been passed
down from generation to generation. Wilfred was very artistically inclined
as a young boy and thus sparked his interest in pursuing a career as
a pottery artisan.
Wilfred has established himself as a fine contemporary pottery artisan.
He gathers clumps of natural clays from within the Acoma Pueblo. He
breaks down the clumps into a fine powder form which he hand mixes with
sand and water to temper the clay. Then, he rolls his moist clay into
snake like coils and begins building his pottery into the desired shape.
He creates many shapes of pottery vessels such as: seedpots, vases,
and Mesa Verde motif vases with ladders. Once his vessels are built
he sets them out to dry. Once his formed pottery vessels are dry he
sands them down for a smooth finish. Finally, Wilfred fires his pottery
in a kiln.
He signs his pottery as: WGarcia, Acoma.
Wilfred states: “Making pottery for over 12 years has given me
joy and love for my art. I take my time with every piece that I construct
so that each piece is special”.
He is related to: Jackie Histia-Shutiva (sister-in-law) and Sandra Garcia
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
-Southwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni
-American Indian Art
-Santa Fe Indian Market Best In Show
-Santa Fe Indian Market 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
-Santa Fe Indian Market Honorable Mention