Noreen Simplicio, Potter
Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, USA
"My future as a potter began when I was a young child playing with mud--making pots out of mud."
Noreen's beautifully exquisite pots emerged from the start she got at Zuni High School in 1977. Her first teacher was the late Jennie Laate, from Acoma Pueblo. After high school, another Acoma potter, Angela Medina, gave Noreen further inspiration, encouraging her to develop her skills and to market and sell her work.
Entering her first competitive art show in 1988, she received an Award of Excellence. In August of 1988, Noreen was a featured New Artist at the 67th Annual Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Three of the six pieces entered in the Santa Fe Indian Market competition of May, 1989, were awarded ribbons. And her list of awards is still growing.
Noreen was able to begin teaching classes at Zuni High School when Jennie Laate, her former art instructor, had to step down for medical reasons. Since then she has taught adults and has expressed particular pride in those of her students who have been able to leave a life of addiction to begin an art career. Noreen has instructed her students not just in potting skills but also in how to begin marketing their work.
Now Noreen concentrates solely on her art. Her unique pottery forms are characterized by distinctive designs which combine traditional Zuni symbols with contemporary design elements of her own creation. Using fine lines and bird and animal symbols, her scenes often express the universal harmony that traditional native approaches seek to maintain among all living things.