Loretta Garcia, “U-Wi-Nit”, was born
into the Acoma Pueblo in 1956.
She was inspired and encouraged to learn the art ofpottery making by
her Mother, Marie Torivio. Marie taught Loretta all the fundamentals
of pottery making, the traditional way, from start to finish. She was
also economically motivated to make her pottery.
Loretta specializes in hand coiled traditional pottery. She gathers
her clay from a sacred ground within the Acoma Pueblo. Loretta soaks
the clay, cleans, sifts, mixes, hand coils,shapes, paints, and fires
her pottery, the traditional way, outdoors, with pottery shards and
She hand coils many different shapes and sizes of pottery. She paints
geometrical and traditional designs on her pottery. Loretta also paints
on ceramic pottery.
Loretta says, “I am proud to be able to continue the tradition,
that my ancestors began many years ago. It brings peace to my mind knowing
that I am contributing to their legacy.”
Loretta signs her pottery as: L. Garcia, Acoma.
Loretta is related to the following artists: Nelda Lucero (sister) and
Leslie Garcia (daughter).
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