Santo Domingo pueblo
Ambrose Atencio is a full blooded Native American
Indian, who was born into the Santo Domingo Pueblo on June 11, 1963.
He learned the art of working with clay by observing his family members
who were fine established artisans. He was taught all the fundamentals
of working with clay using the ancient traditional methods. The lucrative
aspect of the business was why Ambrose initially began to construct
these fine vessels, but now he continues to practice his methods of
hand coiling pottery to preserve the ancient traditional way of his
ancestors and adds to their legacy.
He specializes in hand coiled, hand painted traditional Santo Domingo
pottery. He gathers all his raw materials such as clay, sand, and natural
plants from within the Santo Domingo Pueblo. He hand cleans the clay
for impurities, mixes all the natural pigments with water, and begins
hand coiling his vessels. Once the pottery is dry he sands the finished
product to give it a smooth finish all around the vessel. Ambrose then
begins to hand paint his beautiful designs with a stem of a yucca that
has been fashioned into a brush. The colors he uses on his designs are
also provided from plants such as: spinach plant and honey bee wax.
His designs are usually the traditional bird, flowers, or geometric
designs. He sets his pottery out to dry and then fires his masterpieces
the traditional way, outdoors. He signs his pottery as: Ambrose Atencio
Kewa, Santo Domingo Pueblo, and the year it was constructed.
He is related to the following artists: Hilda Coriz (sister), Arthur
Coriz (late brother-in-law), Robert Tenorio (uncle), and Ione Coriz
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