laguna - Acoma Pueblo
Louis & Nadine Mansfield are full blooded Native
American Indians from the Laguna Pueblo and the Acoma Pueblo. Louis
was born in 1967 and Nadine was born in 1968.
They were taught the fundamentals of pottery making from several different
artists, including Betty Ramirez-Concho (mother).
The continuance of family traditions is extremely important to these
fine artists. Nadine was 17 years of age when her interest in pottery
making evolved. She would assist other artisans with their work and
Nadine learned several different methods of the clay process.
Louis & Nadine specialize in handmade pottery. They both assist
each other in every aspect of working with the clay. They gather natural
pigments found within the Acoma Pueblo. They clean, mix, coil, shape,
paint, and fire their pottery in a kiln. One of their trademarks is
the lizards climbing all over the pottery.
The lizards represent good luck and a long life. They make a wide variety
of sizes, shapes, and paint intricate traditional patterns.
They sign their pottery as: Louis, Nadine Mansfield, Acoma.
-1997 New Mexico State Fair 2nd Place
-1998 New Mexico State Fair 3rd Place
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies