Andrew Padilla is the son
of noted Laguna potter Gladys Paquin. While Gladys works almost
exclusively in older Laguna designs, Andrew's pottery is most
contemperary, yet made by traditional Laguna methods. He is best known
for his striking white melon pots. The ribs of his pots are pushed out
from the inside, in the old style of Helen Shupla, famed and deceased
Santa Clara potter. This method is much more labor intensive than the
most commonly seen style which involves carving the ribs into the clay
body of the pot. Andrew took First Place at the Heard Museum show in
March 1993 and his pottery has been featured in several magazines.
When Laguna Pueblo opened its first casino in early 2000 Andrew took a
job as a craps dealer and presently makes very little pottery.