Tammy Garcia is a renowned Pueblo potter and sculptor whose work embodies both classic design and modern iconography. Her highly prized ceramic works encompass a progressive evolution of forms that include traditional effigies, water jars, and storage jars to non-traditional and modernized asymmetrical shapes. Given the dedication and attention to detail lavished on these singular works, it is understandable that she only produces a limited number of new ceramic pieces each year.
Pushing beyond the limits of natural clay and the "vessel" form, Garcia also forges new and exciting paths in bronze and glass which mark a distinct change of direction within the larger contemporary Native American sculpture arena. Often referencing modernist aesthetic movements, such as Art Deco and Bauhaus, Garcia has constructed a Neo-Pueblo design vernacular that continually captures new beholders--as seen on twisting, totem-like, architectural forms that shoot up to the ceiling with high and low relief carvings reminiscent of her pottery. Her sculptures can act as two-dimensional canvases as well, evidenced on life-size bronze and glass panels whose surfaces aptly relay detailed narratives. Garcia's exploration of bronze as a medium is best described in her own words, "I love working in bronze because I'm able to create on a much larger scale than I can with pottery. It gives me a sense of freedom, allowing me to experiment. I also love the variety of colors and patinas available to me--I'm always looking for new ways to use them."