Jody Naranjo, has grown up in a family of celebrated potters. At age 19, she received a fellowship from the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts. Then in 1992, she won first place in contemporary sgraffito at the Indian Market in Santa Fe. All her pots are sculpted from traditional clays. She is successful in blending traditional and contemporary art forms by carving contemporary images onto traditionally made pottery. Her unique whimsical designs are etched into the clay with an exacto knife.
Growing up with over 20 family members who made pottery, she knew the entire process by the time she was 6 years old. This early knowledge of the art form resulted in Jody pushing herself to be as good as she could be. Her mom, Dolly, is a talented potter and teacher, and her aunt Jody Folwell, is one of the innovators in contemporary Pueblo pottery. What a great family of potters! Jody continues to produce new designs and shapes – constantly changing and evolving.