Russell Sanchez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter


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Russell Sanchez (1966-present) visiting with Alexander E. Anthony, Jr.  Image source Adobe Gallery.  Artist Signature - Russell Sanchez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter

Award winning San Ildefonso Pueblo artist Russell Sanchez is unquestionably one of the most talented and creative of the current pueblo potters. He was born July 29, 1966 at San Ildefonso Pueblo. He is the grandson of Oqwa Pi (Abel Sanchez), a famous early San Ildefonso painter. Russell's grandmother and Rose Gonzales were sisters.

Russell Sanchez (1966- ) could be referred to as a "modernist" potter. His work shows influence from Tony Da and Popovi Da. He has incorporated different colors of clay into his work, often combining two or more colors in the same vessel. He inserts turquoise stones into some pieces, and inlays hieshe into others. He often adds a lid to a vessel. At times he adds micaceous slip to a piece of pottery. He is an innovator in the use of clay, slip, color, and vessel shape.

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

Source of images on this page: Adobe Gallery.


2017 Winner – New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence, a prestigious annual celebration of New Mexico’s diverse artist community.  This art award, presented annually since 1974, serves as lifetime achievement laurels for artists whose work has become part of the state’s aesthetic tapestry, as well as for scholars and benefactors who have helped sustain New Mexico’s vibrant cultural atmosphere.

Relative Links: Abel SanchezRose GonzalesSouthwest Indian PotterySan Ildefonso PuebloContemporary PotteryTony DaPopovi Da

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