Keshi My name is Gaylon Westika, I am from the Pueblo of Zuni and I am a Pueblo Potter.
Artistic inspirations for me began at an early age, I would watch my parents (Anderson and Avelia Peynetsa) create pottery. Often mimicking what I saw. My parents influenced me and taught me the traditional way of making pottery. As I got older I took basic pottery and ceramic classes, that gave me more insight to different techniques and styles of pottery.
As an artist, I work hard to develop pottery that speaks both to me and others about the beauty that exists here in Zuni. With the completion of each piece, I believe the breath of my ancestors live on, reminding us of the Zuni culture, traditional design and lifestyle we strive to preserve.
I have exhibited at the Heard Museum, The Zuni Show-The Keshi Foundation, Zuni Heritage Festival-Museum of Northern Arizona, Santa Fe Indian Market. SWAIA., the Gallup Ceremonial, Navajo Nation Fair and the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos.