Monica Naranjo

Santa Clara

Miniature black seed pot with sienna rim and sgraffito avanyu and geometric design
 

Monica Naranjo was born into Santa Clara Pueblo in 1975. The sister of Kevin Naranjo, she also learned the traditional way to make pottery from their mother, Geri Naranjo. Like her mother, Monica specializes in black and sienna miniatures with very fine traditional sgraffito decorations.

Monica began earning ribbons for her work while she was still a teenager:

  • 1990 - 3rd Place ribbon, ages 13-18, burnnished black or red jar, Santa Fe Indian Market
  • 1991 - 2nd Place ribbon, ages 13-18, animal figure, Santa Fe Indian Market
  • 1992 - 2nd Place ribbon, ages 13-18, sgraffito, Santa Fe Indian Market
    2nd Place ribbon, burnished black or red jar, Santa Fe Indian Market
    2nd Place ribbon, miniature, Santa Fe Indian Market
  • 1993 - 1st Place ribbon, ages 18 & under, miniature, Santa Fe Indian Market
    2nd Place ribbon, animal figure, Santa Fe Indian Market
  • 1998 - 1st Place ribbon, miniature, sgraffito black, Santa Fe Indian Market
    3rd Place ribbon, miniature, sgraffito, all other, Santa Fe Indian Market

Monica is still making her trademark miniature black jars and seed pots (sometimes with sienna rims and spots) with fine sgraffito avanyu, feather and geometric designs. She usually signs her pieces: Monica Naranjo Santa Clara Pueblo.


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