Master Potter of Micaceous Clay
Angie is a member of the Taos Pueblo Tribe and was born June 16, 1965 in Taos, N.M. Her mother, Mary Archuleta is of Taos Pueblo, and her deceased father, Nick Yazzie, was Navajo from Ganado, AZ.
Primarily a self-taught potter, she was introduced at an early age to traditional pottery techniques by her mother and maternal grandmother, Isabel C. Archuleta. Micaceous pottery has a special glow due to the mica that naturally occurs in the Northern New Mexico clay. Mica helps hold liquids when clay vessels are used for cooking. The pots are hand constructed using rolled clay coils Firing is done in an outside pit with dry cedar wood, or bark. Each piece has its own unique design of darker fire clouds from the firing. Angie’s work is recognized for extremely thin walls and a variety of shapes. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Wheelright Museum in Santa Fe, the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and the Cincinnati Museum in Ohio.
November 1994, Angie was invited. along with nine other potters considered to be Micaceous Masters, to the convocation at School of American Research in Santa Fe. The results of the convocation led to a book entitled “All that Glitters.” She continues to enter many shows and exhibitions yearly and has won many awards.