Gladys Paquin (Sratyu'we), Laguna Potter

+ Add Artist to My Preferences 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.

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

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