Linda and Merton Sisneros
They are a married couple, each with a long heritage of pottery in the family. Together they carry on family traditions, and include the family crest (a triangle to symbolize three generations of potting) on their pottery. The couple does a few of the traditional carved pots, but mostly makes painted black on black and red on red. They are one of only a few potters in Santa Clara who continue to make the black on black pottery in the traditional manner.
Merton Sisneros has won many awards for workmanship and is well known throughout New Mexico.
In 2006, Merton Sisneros was removed from his elected position as Vice Chairman on the Santa Fe Palace of the Governors portal committee after a petition was signed by 200 fellow artists claiming he (and committee chairman Glenn Paquin, and Allen Bruce Paquin, the chairman’s son) were not living up to their responsibilities and other accusations.
References and Further Readings
- Schaaf, Gregory. Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies. 2000.