Geraldine F. Sandia is a full blooded Native American
Indian. She was born into the Jemez Pueblo in 1950.
Geraldine began experimenting with clay at the age of 10. She was inspired
to learn and continue the long lived tradition of working with clay
from her mother, Cecilia Loretto. Cecilia taught Geraldine all the fundamentals
and shared with her all the special techniques of a master pottery artist.
The lucrative aspect of the business was also inspiration for her to
become an artist.
Geraldine specializes in handmade, hand painted two toned polychrome,
stone polished traditional Jemez pottery. She gathers her clay from
within the hills of the Jemez Pueblo. She breaks the clumps of clay
down to a fine powder form and mixes with water and other natural pigments.
Then, Geraldine begins forming the clay to the desired shape and size
by the hand coiling method. Once the pot is dry she sands her formed
pottery to the desired weight.
She hand paints patterns of feathers and geometric designs among many
other patterns. She fires her pottery outdoors, the traditional way
of her ancestors.
She is related to the following artists: Caroline G. Loretto, Mary H.
Loretto (sisters), Florence Aragon, Rachael Aragon (aunts), Natalie
Sandia, Rachael Sandia, and Jocelyn Sandia (daughters).
She signs her pottery as: G. Sandia, Jemez.
-Santa Fe Indian Market consecutively since 1980
-Heard Museum 1st, 2nd & 3rd since 1980
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
-Southwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni