Stella Shutiva (deceased)

Stella Shutiva popularized the so-called "fingernail" physical feature to the white clay pottery of the Acoma Pueblo in the early 1970s. She became famous for her delicate wedding vases, seed jars, and bowls. Occasionally she added a brownish slip design to the handles of her wedding vases and to other pieces.

Stella encouraged her children to pick up her craft. Her daughter Jackie now produces pottery similar in style to her mother's. Her son-in-law, Wilfred Garcia, produces superbly polished white clay seed jars and bowls with three-dimensional reliefs of turtles, lizards, and other animals.

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