Franklin Peters was born into the Sky Clan on Acoma Pueblo. He learned the art of pottery making as he grew up surrounded by some of Acoma’s most well known potters: Ella Peters (his mother), Florence Aragon, Rachel Aragon, Phyllis Juanico, Dorothy Torivio, Wilfred Garcia, Frederica Antonio, and Barbara and Joseph Cerno.
In 2011 Franklin was honored with the 2011 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. He studied the methods and designs of his Acoma ancestors and how to incorporate those methods and designs into his contemporary work. Today, Franklin’s pottery is characterized by bold slips and colors. He likes sharp lines in his striking mixes of traditional and contemporary Acoma and Laguna designs.
Being from the Sky Clan, Franklin says he is always praying for rain. On his pots, the thin fine lines symbolize rain and those constant prayers.