Juanita Fragua (1935- )


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Juanita Fragua (1935- ) signatureJuanita Fragua is from Jemez Pueblo, and belongs to the Corn Clan. Traditional Polished redware and tanware, some sgraffito jars, bowls, cornmeal bowls, vases, weddings vases. Juanita is the daughter of Rita Magdalena; sitster of Jeronina Shendo; wife of Manuel Fragua; mother of Clifford Fragua, Glendora Fragua Daubs, Betty Jean Chavez Fragua.

Juanita Fragua recognized Benina Shije, her sister Corn Clan Member from Zia Pueblo, as being important in helping the pottery revival at Jemez Pueblo, Juanita herself is important in made a significant contribution in promoting the arts at Jemez. Her children are some of the top artists.

Juanita became known for her stone polished tanware melon swirl pots, some with polychrome designs or corn plants, flowers and other elements. She explained her technique: "The big ones I push out from inside and groove them on the outside...I have a new one I call my "oval melon", grooved only on one side".

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

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