Linda Jo′Povi Askan, Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery
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Linda Jo'Povi Askan is a potter of Santa Clara Pueblo and Diné of the Navajo Nation descent. She makes traditional red and black Santa Clara pottery, as well as various types of figurines. Linda creates both the traditional Santa Clara Pueblo black-on-black, carved blackware and redware jars, bowls, wedding vases, storytellers, Nativity sets, figures: bears, turtles, coyotes, skunks, and fish.
She began potting in 1984 and was taught her craft by her mother and grandmother. Both her grandmother and her mother, Marie Sisneros Askan were instrumental in teaching Linda how to create pottery in the traditional way. Linda's sister Birdell Bourdon is also a potter.
Linda's native Tewa name, given by her grandmother Adelaide (Lala) Sisneros, is "Jo Povi" which means "cactus flower."
Linda Jo'Povi Askan (1954-) attended the Institute of American Indian Arts after graduating from Espanola High School. She is also a Respiratory Therapy Technician and worked in local hospitals before working as a potterer full-time.
Reference: Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.