Pat Valencia is the youngest son of our friend, the well known potter Sue Tapia. He was born in October 1969. His native heritage is from the Laguna Pueblo. His father, William Valencia, was San Felipe and Jemez. His maternal grandmother, Josephine Valencia, was Juanita Fragua’s sister. So he comes from an extended family of potters. His other talents include jewelry making, painting, and Katsina carving. These have mainly been a hobby, rather than his major source of employment. He uses natural materials in his work. Pat has learned his traditional pottery making skills from Sue, and we are pleased to show you his newest work.