Fragua, Felicia

Jemez Pueblo potter Felicia Fragua
Felicia Fragua was born to Grace L. Fragua and Felix Fragua of Jemez Pueblo in October, 1964. She began learning how to make pottery the traditional way when she was about 13 years old. She considers her mother and sister Rose to have been her teachers but she also counts Emily Fragua Tsosie, Bonnie Fragua, Cindy Fragua, Clifford Kim Fragua and Carol Gachupin among her siblings and potting relatives.

Felicia has done pottery making demonstrations at the Santa Fe Indian Market and has also shown her work at the Haskell Indian Art Market (in Lawrence, Kansas) and at the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show. She has earned ribbons for First, Second and Third Place at Eight Northern Pueblos. Some of her work is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and some of it has been published in various books on storytellers and other figures.

Felicia’s favorite shapes are storytellers with lots of children. She also enjoys making kiva pots and large nativities.

Felicia enjoys making her pottery so much she has taught her kids and grandkids to do it in hopes they can perhaps surpass her achievements in the Pueblo pottery world. Her son Loren Wallowing Bull is making an imprint, too, with his distinctive pottery.

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