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by Pam Lujan-Hauer
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Pam Lujan- Hauer is a member of the Taos Pueblo Tribe of New Mexico. She studied pottery making at the Institute of American Indian Arts and was inspired and taught by her great aunts Josephine Ortiz and Anita Lujan who are highly regarded as traditional Indian pueblo potters.

All of Pam’s pottery is coil built from clays, which she digs and processes herself. Her traditional pottery is made from micaceous clay, which contains mica chips and is native to northern New Mexico. This clay is famous for its

durability and is still used to build cooking pots and water jars.


Her contemporary Indian pottery is made from native red and white clays. It is decorated with design elements that evolved in the Middle Rio Grande region using clay slips enhanced with minerals.

Her traditional pottery is pit fired while her contemporary pieces are pit or kiln fired.


Pam attended the Institute of American Indian Arts from 1975 through 1976.

She began pottery making full time in 1989 and has since participated in various Indian art shows.


She has been demonstrating pottery making at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque and at the New Mexico State Fair Indian Village since 1990. Pam also demonstrates her skills periodically at the Maxwell Museum in Albuquerque and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe.


She taught Indian pottery courses at the University of New Mexico in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and has been awarded several artist residencies at various New Mexico schools.


Other teaching experiences include workshops through the Senior Arts program, the Working Classroom and the Arizona Archeological and Historical Society. She has also thought at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute’s Upward Bound program in 2001, 2002 and 2003, annual children’s workshops through the Harwood Art Center and at the Maxwell Museum’s summer programs.


She is currently serving as president of the board of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association Education Fund (IACA-EF).