IACA Journal Fall 2013 - page 9

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Born in 1955, Cliff Fragua, the eldest son of Manuel and Juan-
ita, has been sculpting since 1974. He attended the Institute of
American Indian Arts in Santa Fe NM and the San Francisco
Art Institute. His rapport with stone began at IAIA where he was
taught under the guidance of renowned sculptor, Allan Houser.
Cliff started winning awards almost immediately after he first start-
ed producing stone carvings. His awards include the New Mex-
ico Statuary Hall Commission, in which his marble rendition of
Po’Pay, the leader of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, now stands in the
National Statuary Hall in Washington DC. Cliff has won numerous
awards throughout his career.
Glendora, born in 1958, is the elder daughter of Manuel and
Juanita. She has learned the skills of pottery from her mother. In
the beginning, she used painted designs on her pottery, but then
developed her talent and skills to a more innovative level. She
incorporates sgraffito on her pots and uses minerals for color and
highlights. Glendora has won numerous awards for her innovation
and designs. Her grandson, Andres, age 13, is now following his
grandmother in the pottery tradition.
Betty Jean, the younger daughter of Manuel and Juanita, was born
in 1962, and also learned her skills in pottery from her mother. Her
style of pottery follows in the Jemez tradition of painted designs
on the clay. Although her shapes in pots remain traditional, the
painted motifs are very contemporary and innovative. Her “wave
and star” patterns make her works unique among collectors.
Tablita is the youngest daughter of Cliff Fragua and Christine Otto
Fragua (Little Traverse Band of Odawas). Tablita learned the art
and tradition of pottery making from both her grandmother, Juan-
ita, and her mother, Christine. Tablita’s style incorporates Wood-
lands floral patterns and Pueblo motifs to reflect her combined
Odawa and Jemez Pueblo ancestry.
This is the brief story of but one talented, artistic family. As the
seasons and the generations pass, this story can be recounted many
times, from the Hopi Mesas, to Pueblos and the Navajo Nation,
and throughout all of Native America.
The Fragua family of artists (from left to right): Tablita, Cliff,
Juanita, Glendora, Star, BJ and Marcus Wall (in rear, artist and
partner of Star).
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