Santana Melchor (1889-1978)
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Santana Melchor was considered one of the finest potters at Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo) in the early- and mid-20th century. She made exceptional large storage jars. Throughout her career, she used traditional designs and is responsible for keeping that tradition alive. She was part of the delegation of pueblo potters who visited the White House in 1974 as a guest of first lady Pat Nixon. Santana Melchor is the mother of Crucita Melchor, Ray Melchor and Dolorita Melchor.
Reference: Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2,000 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.
Picture of Santana Melchor is shown left (source unknown).
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