Immaculate Laguna Olla by Gladys Paquin

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Gladys Paquin (Sratyu'we), Laguna Potter
  • Category: Modern
  • Origin: Laguna Pueblo, Ka'waika
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size:
    9-1/2” height x 10-1/4” diameter
  • Item # C4844i
  • Price: $1800

Artist signature of Gladys Paquin (Sratyu'we), Laguna PotterThis olla lives up to its name. It is in immaculate condition and masterfully painted, showcasing the renowned artistry of Gladys Paquin. The polychrome olla features a palette of brown, light brown, and tan at the puki line at the base. The motif, painted three times and repeated on the opposite side, includes shadowed, flat, and hatched interlocking frets. A single dragonfly embellishes the overall design. This stylistic range, familiar from historic pueblo pottery, is skillfully unified in Paquin's work. Her designs do not favor any particular pueblo; they are unique creations of her own. The piece is signed and dated '09 on the bottom.

Gladys Paquin, a distinguished figure in the world of pottery, was born into a rich Pueblo heritage, with her roots tracing back to both the Zuni and Laguna tribes. Her upbringing took place in the vibrant community of Santa Ana Pueblo, where she was immersed in the traditions and customs of her people.

As she transitioned into adulthood, she relocated to her mother's reservation at Laguna Pueblo, marking a significant chapter in her life. Her stepmother from Santa Ana, a skilled potter herself, played a pivotal role in shaping Gladys' artistic journey. The influence of her stepmother's teachings was evident in Gladys' work, as her pottery bore a closer resemblance to the traditional shapes of Santa Ana rather than those of Laguna.

Gladys' designs, however, did not strictly adhere to the styles of either Pueblo. Instead, they were unique expressions of her creativity, a testament to her individuality as an artist. Her work was not confined by the boundaries of tradition but was a fusion of her experiences and imagination.

Gladys Paquin (1936-2020), also known by her native name Sratyu'we, was not only a remarkable artist but also a dedicated mentor. She passed on her knowledge and passion for pottery to the next generation, teaching her sons, Danny and Andrew Padilla, as well as Max Early and Myron Sarracino. Her legacy continues to live on through their work, keeping the art of pottery making alive and vibrant.


Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this Immaculate Laguna Olla by Gladys Paquin is from a collector of Adobe Gallery

Recommended Reading:

- Contemporary Hopi Pottery by Laura Graves Allen

- Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery by Rick Dillingham

Reference: Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2,000 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.

TAGS:  Zuni PuebloSanta Ana PuebloLaguna PuebloMax EarlySouthwest Indian Pottery

Alternate side view of this pottery water jar.

Gladys Paquin (Sratyu'we), Laguna Potter
  • Category: Modern
  • Origin: Laguna Pueblo, Ka'waika
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size:
    9-1/2” height x 10-1/4” diameter
  • Item # C4844i
  • Price: $1800

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