Geri (Geraldine) Naranjo

Santa Clara

Miniature black jar with a sgraffito avanyu design
 

The daughter of Ursulita and Alfred Naranjo, Geraldine Naranjo was born into Santa Clara Pueblo in 1952. While she was exposed to family members making pottery through all the years she was growing up, Geri didn't really start to produce until she was in her early 20's. Geri's entire career has revolved around the making of miniatures (almost always black, sometimes with sienna spots) with exquisite sgraffito designs. Her favorite designs appear to be the avanyu and feathers. Geri also passed her skills and knowledge on to her children, Kevin Naranjo and Monica Naranjo, and both are award-winning potters. Dolores Curran is Geri's sister. Geri usually signs her pieces: Geri Naranjo.

Some of the awards Geri has earned over the years:

  • 1980 - House of Miniatures Award for Best Miniature
    3rd Prize for black miniature, Santa Fe Indian Market
  • 1984 - 2nd Place for miniature with sgraffito, Santa Fe Indian Market
  • 1986 - 2nd Place for sgraffito work, Santa Fe Indian Market
  • 1988 - 1st Place for sgraffito work, Santa Fe Indian Market
  • 1989 - 1st Place for sgraffito work, Santa Fe Indian Market
    2nd Place for sgraffito work, all other categories, Santa Fe Indian Market
    3rd Place for sgraffito burnished black, Santa Fe Indian Market
  • 1990 - 2nd Place for sgraffito with stones, Santa Fe Indian Mareket
  • 1991 - 1st Place for sgraffito burnished black, Santa Fe Indian Market
  • 1992 - Best of Division, miniature, Santa Fe Indian Market
    1st and 3rd Places for miniature with sgraffito work, Santa Fe Indian Market
    1st and 2nd Places, sgraffito, all other categories, Santa Fe Indian Market
    2nd Place, sgraffito without stones, black or black two-tone, Santa Fe Indian Market


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