Josie Kie

“I truly believe that the art of traditional pottery has chosen me as its tool to produce these one of a kind, unique pieces of art. My work is a reflection of the past which I use as a basis in my designing.  I create each vessel remembering the prayers I was taught and to remain calm and happy in my heart.  Being a traditional potter keeps me very grounded and humble.  Pottery is viewed as a fine art, but these vessels are still very essential today in my culture. 

To be fortunate to experience my pottery in the mainstream art world and for them to also be utilized and cherished here among my people is my daily affirmation that I am exactly where I am suppose to be.”   

Josie Kie is a member of the Laguna Pueblo which is west of Albuquerque and east of Grants, New Mexico.  Josie’s clans are Big Eagle and Little Corn. She has been a potter for over 20 years but still considers herself a beginner.  In 2011, she gained widespread recognition for GRAB, a documentary which was featured at the Sundance Film Festival.  She has also been featured in National Geographics All Roads Film project and was a featured artist at the National Museum of the American Indian’s “Meet the artist” program in New York City. In 2017, Josie was commissioned to create a pot for the Burell College of Osteopathic Medicine in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Some of the juried art shows Kie has shown her work in are the Santa Fe Indian Market, The Heard Museum Indian Market, IFAM, and We are the Seeds.

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