Andrew Padilla was born to Gladys Paquin and Andy Padilla in 1956. He says he learned the basics of the traditional art of pottery making from his paternal grandmother, Reycita Padilla of Santa Clara Pueblo. He figures he's been making pottery for about 45 years now.
Over the years Andrew has shown his work at the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market and at the Heard Museum Market in Phoenix. Among the ribbons he's taken home there is a 2nd Place ribbon from Santa Fe and a Best of Division ribbon from the Heard.
Andrew tells us his favorite shapes to make are melons, especially when he can add a lid shaped like the profile of the Laguna Mission church. He also enjoys fashioning all-white wedding vases. He says he gets his inspiration from taking hikes in Nature. He's also an avid fisherman and a dedicated Denver Broncos fan.