Reuben Naranjo, Potter

Reuben Naranjo, Traditional Tohono O’odham Potter. Tucson, AZ | 2016

Reuben Naranjo first learned Tohono O’odham pottery from his grandmother, Mary Lewis. Later he studied with Alicia Bustamente of S-Gogosik, Sonora, Mexico, and Annie Manuel of Hickiwan, Arizona, to make utilitarian terracotta ollas and white clay friendship pots using colored clay slips and paints. Naranjo will pass on the tradition of these O’odham women to his students.


Staple of Life. BorderLore, May 2014.

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