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|Tammy Garcia is a renowned Pueblo potter and sculptor whose work embodies both classic design and modern iconography. Her highly prized ceramic works encompass a progressive evolution of forms that range from traditional effigies, water jars, and storage jars to nontraditional and modernized asymmetrical shapes.
Throughout Garcia’s artistic career, she has explored sweeping and breathtaking designs that are identifiable as time-honored beacons rising up across her work. Such designs incorporate ancient and historic Puebloan motifs, including elements of nature, bird abstractions, and bands of repeating feathers—at once recognizable yet composed in manners that defy convention. She also explores fresh design sets that are not exactly prescribed themes found on Pueblo pottery: scallop shells, skull and crossbones, graffiti lettering, and a diverse repertoire of Chinese imagery. Her unique ability to create highly refined ceramic works with such rare variety and depth has earned her the reputation as one of the most collectible living Pueblo potters of our day.
Garcia also forges new and exciting paths in bronze and glass. Often referencing modernist aesthetic movements such as Art Deco and Bauhaus, Garcia has constructed a neo-Pueblo design vernacular that continually captures new beholders—as seen on twisting, totem-like architectural forms that shoot up to the ceiling with high- and low-relief carvings reminiscent of her pottery.
Garcia’s pottery and sculpture can be found in numerous public collections across the country. She was awarded First Place, Bronze, at the 2019 SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, and in 2020 and 2018 she won Second Place, Sculpture, Div. C, and First Place, Sculpture, respectively, at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market. In both 2016 and 2012, she won the James R. Parks Trustees’ Purchase Award at Masters of the American West, and both of those winning sculptures are now in the Autry Museum of the American West’s permanent collection. In 2008 she received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in the State of New Mexico.
Garcia has been featured in the magazines Art of the West, Cowboys & Indians, and Native American Art, and in the books Art of the West: Selected Works from the Autry Museum, Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass, and Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery of the Southwest—The Eric S. Dinkins Collection.
Tammy Garcia is represented by King Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Photo by Autumn Borts-Medlock
You can view Tammy's recent Artist Salon for 2021 Masters of the American West HERE.