Tammy Garcia is a renowned Pueblo potter and sculptor whose work embodies both classic design and modern iconography. Her highly prized ceramic works encompass a progressive evolution of forms that include traditional effigies, water jars, and storage jars to non-traditional and modernized asymmetrical shapes.
Garcia has explored sweeping and breathtaking designs that are identifiable as time-honored beacons rising up across her work. Such designs incorporate ancient and historic Puebloan motifs including natural elements, bird abstractions, and bands of feathers, at once recognizable yet composed in manners that defy convention. She also explores new design sets including scallop shells, skulls and cross bones, graffiti and Chinese imagery. Her ability to create highly refined ceramic works with such variety and depth has earned her the reputation as one of the most collectible living Pueblo potters of our day.
Pushing beyond the limits of natural clay and the vessel form, Garcia also forges new and exciting paths in bronze and glass which mark a distinct change of direction within the larger contemporary Native American sculpture arena, often referencing modernist aesthetic movements, such as Art Deco and Bauhaus. Her sculptures can act as two-dimensional canvases as well, evidenced on life-size bronze and glass panels whose surfaces aptly relay detailed narratives.