Santo Domingo Pueblo
Paulita & Gilbert Pacheco are full blooded Native
American Indians. Paulita is a member of the Fire Clan, born in 1943,
and Gilbert is a member of the Corn Clan.
Continuing traditional ways of life is very important to these fine
artisans. Paulita was inspired to learn the art of working with clay
from the late Juanita C. Tenorio (mother) and the late Andrea Ortiz
As a child at the age of 12, Paulita assisted her elders with gathering
natural pigments from the grounds within the Santo Domingo Pueblo. Eventually,
she was taught how to hand coil and paint on pottery. She was also inspired
by her brother, Robert Tenorio. Gilbert also learned the art of working
with clay at a very young age. He also assisted his elders with their
Paulita & Gilbert specialize in hand coiled traditional Santo Domingo
pottery. They continue using the pottery making methods of their ancient
ancestors. The clay and other natural pigments are gathered within their
pueblo. Then, the clay is cleaned, mixed, hand coiled, shaped, painted,
and fired the traditional way, outdoors.
This pair of fine artisans contribute equally with the process of making
their fine art. They hand coil many shapes and sizes of quality pottery.
Paulita & Gilbert are proud of continuing a long lived tradition
and hope that the younger members of their Pueblo become inspired by
They sign their pottery as: Paulita Pacheco & a corn symbol to denote
They are related to the famous Hilda Coriz and the late Arthur Coriz
(sister & brother-in-law).
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-Santa Fe Indian Market
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
-Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery
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-Southwestern Pottery 1999 Edition