Madeline E. Naranjo is an artist based in Espanola, New Mexico. Specializing in pottery, Madeline creates stunning, sleek Santa Clara Pueblo ceramics.
I love the simple, earthy colors that Madeline uses for the basis of her pots. Patterns and visual details are created by carving directly into the surface of dried pots, prior to glazing and firing. The resulting pots feature deep, carved trenches that form beautiful, ornate patterns while adding an element of texture and breaking up the glazed surface.
Each of Madeline’s pots is monochromatic, with the entire surface and inside either warm terra-cotta, or black. The way the artist leaves certain elements matte while adding a shiny coat of glaze to other areas creates a contrast in the color scheme. With subject matter that references the New Mexico landscape as well as Pueblo traditions and figures, these pots are a beautiful, modern take on a long-practiced art form.