For hundreds of years indigenous people of North America have been experimenting with clay, utilizing its substance, for beauty and function. Coming from such a background I have been combining the ideals, of passion, apprenticeship and patience in creating hand built, hand painted decorative ceramics. All my pottery pieces are hand built or hand coiled this is a process of creating ceramic forms without the use of a conventional potters wheel. The surface designs and patterns on my pieces are hand painted, free hand using no stencils or rulers.
Being of Native American descent, from New Mexico I have been creating works of art that incorporate traditional methods from previous generations while maintaining a contemporary vision. My current body of work has seen the implementation of using metal and wood materials along with the established ceramic foundation. The narrative of combining such materials is establishing a balance between nature Mother Earth and industrialization.
As an award winning ceramic artist, residing in the city of Fullerton, CA I have been actively promoting and exhibiting works of art within the southern California area and abroad. Working in various mediums has allowed me to stretch the boundaries well outside the ceramics field, and has opened the doors in becoming an active member within the Orange County art community.
Combining my experience and years as a practicing artist has attributed to opportunities as a part time ceramics instructor. With established teaching endeavors at The Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, Ca and The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA. I have also established programs with the National Park Service and the Los Angeles County Public Library Service. These teaching endeavors workshops and presentations has given me the rich and rewarding experience of sharing and instructing students in an art form that has cultural links with my Native American heritage and ancestry.
Two Tribes Pottery
1100 W. Valencia Drive #B
Fullerton, CA 92833
- Group Exhibition, American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona, CA
- 2005 Group Exhibition Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa
- 2005 Artisans Market, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
- 2006 Student Art Exhibition, Fulleton College, Fullerton, CA, Oil Painting
- 2006 Prescott Indian Art Market, Prescott, AZ
- History of Anaheim, Anaheim Museum, Anaheim, CA, Permanent Group Exhibition
- 2006 Artisans Market, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
- 2006 1st Annual Exhibition Clay in California, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton CA – Group Exhibition
- HillCrest Festival of Fine Arts, Whittier, CA
- SWAIA – Southwest American Indian Art Market, Santa Fe NM – August
- Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, Phoenix AZ – March
- Autry National Center American Indian Arts Marketplace, Los Angeles, CA – November
- 2011 Group Exhibition Korean Fine Art Association, Yongin, Korea – January
- 2018 Conception Arts Show Los Angeles CA January 2018
- 2018 Mission Federal Art Walk San Diego, CA
- 4th Place Finish, Three Dimensional, 2002 Student Art Exhibition, Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA
- 1st Place Ceramics Divisional Winner, 2003 Group Exhibition Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa, CA
- Best Of Class, Advanced Ceramics, 2003 Student Art Exhibition, Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA
- 1st Place Professional Ceramics Division, 2005 Group Exhibition Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa
- 4th Professional Ceramics Division, 2005 Group Exhibition Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa
- Certificate of Congressional Recognition, U.S. House of Representatives, Ed Royce – Member of Congress 40th District.
- Fullerton City College, Fullerton, CA – Art Major
- Ricky Maldonado, One Day Workshop, Mount San Antonio College, Pomona, CA
- Mapping – Artist in Residency Program ASU, Phoenix, AZ January 2013.
- Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA 2006 – Present
- Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA June – August 2007
- Satwiwa Native American Cultural Center, Rancho SierraVista, CA
- Los Angeles County Public Library System 2018 – Present