Robert Patricio | This artist is a member of SWAIA.org
I was born in June 10, 1976 to Doris and Patrick Patricio Sr both from the Pueblo of Acoma. I was given the Indian name of “Kuhaya” meaning Bear when I was born. When I was nine (9) years old, I began learning the traditional methods of creating hand coiled pottery by watching my mother, father, and relatives work on their pottery while living on the Acoma Pueblo. His family members taught him the long-lived traditional methods of constructing beautiful clay art using the ancient methods of is ancestors. They then showed me how to work with clay.
Now, more than 35 years after I began, my pottery specializes in producing traditional hand coiled and hand painted pottery. After collecting the various clays, slips, and natural vegetation, I began the traditional process. I prepare the clay by sifting for impurities and then hand mixing with water. Next, I construct my vessels with wide line coils. These are then set out to dry and later scraped to a smooth finish. While the pottery is drying, I boil and strains all the natural vegetation and creates the color from plants such as wild spinach (bee-weed) and wildflowers. The process is completed by laying out the designs, painting the designs with his clay slips and then firing the pots.
The designs on my pottery are usually interpreted from ancient pottery shards found on the lands of Acoma Pueblo. I am well known for my traditionally built vessels, using traditional shapes, and designs. My polychrome and black/white designs include geometric, fertility, Tularosa spirals, parrots, deer, and kiva step patterns. My favorite shapes to make are tall polychrome. My favorite designs to paint are reconstructing what my ancestors did long ago.
Robert is an award-winning pottery artist that has participated in shows at the New Mexico State Fair (1st Place, 2nd Place and Honorable Mention ribbons), The Heard Museum in Phoenix (2nd Place ribbon), Eight Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show in Espanola, the Gallup Inter-Tribal (1st Place and 2nd Place ribbons), and the Santa Fe Indian Market where he has taken home 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and Honorable Mention Ribbons. In 2010 he also earned the “Best in Pottery” ribbon at the Santa Fe Indian Market. I sign my pottery “R. M. Patricio” for Robert Marcus Patricio.
I am exceedingly proud of my six beautiful daughters. Three of them (Kylie, Felisha, and Juanita) have already begun to follow in my footsteps by creating and selling their own pots and by earning ribbons on their own.
This link shows a little video about my pottery history and making: https://youtu.be/WdZmn5BKcFo