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Tombaugh Gallery features Zuni potter


Tombaugh Gallery is featuring the work of Zuni potter Leon Nastacio in October.

The work of Zuni potter and weaver Leon Nastacio will be the featured artist at the Tombaugh Gallery Sunday, Oct. 30-Sunday, Nov. 27.

An opening reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30 at the gallery, located at Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Drive. There will also be a special demonstration of Nastacio’s work at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at the gallery.

Nastacio grew up at Zuni Pueblo, located about 150 miles due west of Albuquerque, in McKinley County, Tombaugh Gallery said in a news release.

“He learned about native traditional pottery from his pueblo elders,” the gallery said. “His art teacher taught him how to collect, process and shape the clay into pots. He learned how to create colored slip (a thin layer of finer clay) using the natural dyes and to paint designs using brushes handmade from yucca. Finally, he learned the old way to fire the pots in pits. Leon continues to create his art using the traditional methods but also incorporates modern technology,” Tombaugh Gallery said.

“Nastacio comes from a large extended, artistic family,” the gallery said. “His parents were both well-Nastacio moved to Albuquerque in 2007 “to learn a trade so he could support himself,” the news release said. “In 2010, he relocated to Las Cruces where he works for a metal building contractor in addition to making his art. He looks forward to the day he can return to Zuni.”

Tombaugh Gallery is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

For more information, call Tombaugh Gallery at 575-522-7281.

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