Roxanne Swentzell’s clay sculptures communicate the full spectrum of the
human spirit. Figures of Pueblo clowns, old men, mothers and children
twist, turn, undulate, laugh, cry, repair themselves, and love each
other. It is through this intricate balance of elements that her work
reaches our humanity and engages us as both audience and participant.
in 1962 into a family of renowned Santa Clara Pueblo potters, Swentzell
was destined to express herself with clay. Using ancient techniques,
layering coil upon coil, she allows the clay to lead her to the human
experiences each sculpture reveals.
Widely recognized as one of
the top sculptors working today, Swentzell has won countless honors and
her work is featured in prominent collections, including the
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian where she was
commissioned to create a permanent installation.