Elizabeth Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo Potter
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Santa Clara Pueblo artist Elizabeth Naranjo (1929-2017*) had a long career, producing many beautiful pottery vessels over the years. Her work was well above the average for blackware. Every pottery piece she made has been exceptional—even small bowls, which some may consider insignificant, illustrate her attention to detail. Naranjo was the daughter of Pablita Chavarria and Jose Chavarria of Santa Clara Pueblo. She was an exceptional potter who won many awards for her work, including numerous prizes at Santa Fe Indian Market. Her sisters, Clara Shije, Reycita Naranjo, Florence Browning and Mary Singer are also potters of distinction.
*Death date provided by her granddaughter Tana Naranjo.