Rose Naranjo (1915-2004)


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Rose Naranjo Southwest Indian Pottery Contemporary Santa Clara Pueblo signatureSince 1984, the City of Santa Fe has bestowed the honor of "Santa Fe Living Treasures" on a select number of deserving individuals.  In 1994, the city bestowed that honor on Rose Naranjo, potter from Santa Clara Pueblo.  Rose Naranjo was born in 1917, married Michael Naranjo, a Southern Baptist minister, when she was 18, and, for the next 27 years they lived at Taos which is where she learned to make micaceous pottery of the Taos Pueblo style. Among Rose's six children was Jody Folwell who had two daughters' children Polly Rose Folwell and Susan Folwell. All are making pottery.  Rose Naranjo was one of the artists included in the exhibit "Lost and Found Traditions: Native American Art 1965-1985" organized by the American Federation of Arts.

Reference: Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.

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