Santa Clara potter merges classic motifs and modern designs in new bronze work
Sorrel Sky Gallery of Durango is now representing award-winning Santa Clara Pueblo potter Autumn Borts-Medlock. Coming from a long lineage of Pueblo potters, Borts-Medlock was introduced to pottery making at the age of five by her mother and grandmother, both important Santa Clara potters. Borts-Medlock digs and makes her clay as Pueblo potters have done for centuries.
Borts-Medlock lived a life of contrasts as a child, spending most of the year in her mother’s home in Santa Clara Pueblo and her summers living in Los Angeles. “Having grown up in two very different worlds, with one foot in modern California and the other foot in Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, I draw from two distinct cultures for my inspiration,” she said.
After a lifetime of working in clay, in 2014, Borts-Medlock made a bold move. With her pottery in high demand –she finishes only 6-12 clay pots each year– and with limited clay deposits available, she began casting a few original clay pieces in bronze. Borts-Medlock’s limited edition bronze pots, tiles, and sculptures are each richly colored with various vibrant patinas applied by her sculptor husband, Jeremy Medlock, making each piece a unique work of art.
Shanan Campbell Wells, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery, offered, “In Autumn’s colorful bronze work, traditional motifs and contemporary images intermingle seamlessly.”
Borts-Medlock has received numerous awards at the Heard Museum Indian Market and Fair and at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market.
Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse, among others.