Keshi, My name is Noreen Simplicio. My future as a Zuni potter began when I was a young child, playing with mud and making mud pots. When I first attended High School in 1977, I took basic pottery classes. These classes were instructed by a Acoma woman by the name of Jennie Laate. As I began to develop the skills of pottery making, I met another Acoma Zia woman by the name of Angelina Medina. With the mentoring and teachings from both these women, I was able to master the art of Zuni Pottery. I have about 35 years of experience, which is why I consider myself a master potter. My unique pottery forms are characterized by distinctive designs that combine traditional Zuni pottery symbols, with contemporary design elements of my own creations. I often create pieces from my heart to stress the universal harmony that should be shared and be maintained among all living things.
Elah'kwa- Thank you!
I have received many awards for my creations from 1977 to Present.
Publications and Collections
Talking with the clay-Stephen Trimble
Dialogues with Zuni Potters- Milford Nahohai & Elisa Phelps
North American Indians Today-Martha McCollough
Southwestern Pottery-Allan Hayes
Second Edition Southwestern Pottery-Allan Hayes
Treasures of the Zuni-Theda Basssman
Southern Pueblo Pottery-Gregory Schaaf
Breaking the mold- Virginia Vogel Collections
The Pottery of Zuni Pueblo-Dwight P. Lanmon & Francis H. Harlow