Taking the Marketplace Award and Best of Division awards was a "big surprise" to Gabriel Paloma
piece, a corn meal bowl featuring Water Serpent, was hand coiled from clay gathered and prepared by Paloma
pottery is exquisitely shaped with consistently thin walls-people unfamiliar with the Zuni technique would believe his
work thrown on the wheel.
"It's all in the hands," Paloma
said."It's in the clay and the water."
Assisted by his
wife, Phyllis, Paloma
produces both slipped-coated with a layer of cream-colored clay-and unslipped pottery.
part of this," Paloma
said, gesturing towards his
"I do the hard work," she
laughed in reply.Paloma gives back to his community by teaching pottery at Zuni High, and young people are responsive.
"Some of the hard core students are bringing their pots to me to be fired," he