Ron Suazo

Santa Clara Pueblo

Ron Suazo was born in 1954 and has been making pottery since 1978. He has written a brief biography as follows: I am a full-blooded Native American Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. My pottery techniques come from youth on, having learned from my mother (Clara Suazo), who taught me not only how to form, polish and fire pottery, but every other intricate part of pottery making. Watching my sister drawing fine, traditional details on her pots, encouraged me to work hard on incising my own designs with fine details as well. While visiting several museums, I looked intently at pots created by the Ancient Pueblo Indians, and was deeply impressed by the creativity in designs. I also visited the Puye Cliffs ruins often, while growing up and was intrigued by their designs on broken pieces of pottery. As a result, in 1986 after studying both traditional and early designs, my decision was to create my own style. However, I included a combination of traditional feather designs, bear paws, and early as well as contemporary designs with inlaid turquoise, coral, lapis, and malachite stones. I do this on matte finish pottery that may include a combination of both, carving and sgraffito on the pots and lids. There is tremendous competition and great potters, but from the day I started as a potter, I hoped that my work would be unique, and stand apart from others. I believe I have accomplished my goal.