Laguna - Cochiti Pueblo
West Mountain is a full blooded Native American Indian.
He was born in 1975 and is a member of the Lizard Clan. He is half Laguna
Pueblo and half Cochiti Pueblo. West is extremely proud of his heritage
and participates in the traditions and ceremonies of his people.
He was inspired to learn the art of working with pottery from several
family members and various friends. He comes from a family that reinforces
the traditional ways of their ancestors. Art has always come naturally
to West. When he was a young boy he drew many kachinas and fine line
designs on paper. Eventually, he got the idea to put his work on pottery.
This developed and improved his drawing skills and techniques. He has
been crafting pottery since 1998.
West Mountain specializes in hand crafting Santa Clara pottery. He draws
sgraffito designs of highly respected kachinas on his pottery. West
uses his steady hand to etch his finely detailed warriors, maidens,
and fine line designs of a time when life seemed so much more simple.Then,
he accents his pottery with quality turquoise stones to add a unique
flare to his art. West is in the early stages of establishing himself
as an fine artisan, and he is very proud of this accomplishments to
date. His favorite kachina to create is the Poli Kachina, other wise
known as the Butterfly Kachina, because of the special dances they perform
and their beauty. There is over 300 recognized Kachinas and they represent
different spiritual beings that are believed to guide Native American
People on the right path of life.
He signs his pottery as: West Mountain, Laguna, N.M.
-1999 New Mexico State Fair 2nd Place
-2000 New Mexico State Fair 3rd Place
-2001 New Mexico State Fair 1st Place
-2001 New Mexico State Fair 3rd Place
-2001 New Mexico State Fair 4th Place
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies