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Pueblo Pottery: The Portfolio of Madeline E. Naranjo

A fired clay pot carved with imagery of people and objectsUntitled

Madeline E. Naranjo is a ceramic artist based in Santa Clara, New Mexico. In her practice, Madeline creates works in the Pueblo pottery style, building up a variety of vessels by hand-shaping and carving clay, before firing and painting.

A hand-carved ceramic vessel with curved lines and a polished black surfaceMelonball


The artist’s finished pottery works are beautifully smooth and shiny. Each vessel has a strong presence, and the artist’s hand-carved detailing and monochromatic paints and glazes lend to a very cohesive style overall. Given that each pot is a single colour, it’s interesting to see how Madeline uses smooth versus matte finishing to lend variety of hierarchy to the shapes.

A screen capture of Madeline E. Naranjo's art portfolio


The artist’s portfolio includes images from the process of producing a pot, giving viewers a fascinating look inside Madeline’s practice. These process photos also reveal just how painstaking the making of Pueblo pottery is, lending a sense of gravity to this collection of works.

A collage image set of a pot displayed outdoors with flowersproud moment

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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