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Franklin Peters


Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellowship

Acoma potter Franklin Peters has accepted the honor of the 2011 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellowship at SAR. As an emerging artist, Franklin plans to spend his time studying the Indian Arts Research Center collections to better understand the techniques and processes of his ancestors. One of his challenges will be to increase the size of his ollas and to incorporate more historical designs into his work. He is also interested in exploring more contemporary designs and advancing his own sense of style.

Franklin notes, “I have already explored different Acoma styles in my work over the past eighteen years, but look forward to further developing my pottery by researching the sources of Acoma pottery designs from the past.”

Franklin received his pottery training from Phyllis Juanico, Florence Aragon, and his mother, Ella Peters. His work has been shown in several galleries around Albuquerque, such as the Agape Gallery, Bien Mur Indian Market Center, Nizhoni Gallery, Palms Trading, Somé Gallery, and Wiketts Gallery. His work has also been shown at the Sky City Gift Shop in Acoma. Franklin will be in residence from September 1–December 1, 2011.

Franklin Peters in the StudioFranklin Peters sculpting a shi punah (water canteen) with traditional Acoma clay in the Dubin Studio at SAR.

Water Canteen and Olla Pottery by Franklin Peters

Base Bowl and Ollas. Franklin Peters’s grandmother’s hudtis (base bowl, circa 1935) helps form his large olla.

Olla, 2009. Franklin Peters (Acoma). Clay and natural pigments. Courtesy of the artist.