Patrick and Shawna Garcia-Rustin, Acoma Pueblo Potters
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Award winning artists Patrick and Shawna Garcia-Rustin are from Acoma Pueblo. They make first-class pottery seen in fine Pueblo pottery collections. They are a husband-wife team.
Shawna Garcia-Rustin (1969 - ) is from Acoma Pueblo, Red Corn Clan. She is the great-granddaughter of Sime and Santana Sanchez; granddaughter of Tony and Lucy Garcia; daughter of Beatrice and Elliott Garcia, Sr.; sister of Lynette, Janet, Elliot, Jr. and Terrance Garcia. Shawna Garcia learned pottery making from her mother and father in Acomita.
Patrick Rustin (ca.1970 - ) is Apache from the San Carlos Reservation. He has been making pottery since 1991 and has mastered the technique of making the thinnest walls possible.
Pat and Shawna placed fourth in the 1997 New Mexico State Fair, placed third in 1998 and got Best of Show that year. The most recent award was also in the New Mexico State Fair in 2000: a first-place ribbon, Best of Show award and a plaque for The Best Pottery. Their pottery is destined for the finest pottery collections. Unfortunately, Patrick and Shawa separated over a decade ago and no longer work together. Only pottery by them coming out of collections will be available.
Reference and Artist Image Source: Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2,000 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.
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