A fourth generation potter tracing his roots to Sarfina, Margaret Tafoya and Virginia Ebelacker, Richard Ebelacker has gained a national reputation for his traditional red and black Santa Clara Pueblo pottery.
Ebelacker began making pottery in 1968 upon returning from Vietnam, where he served with the Marine Corps. He was encouraged to continue working with pottery by a ribbon he won that year for a turtle piece entered at the Tanner show in Arizona. Now known for his focus on larger vessels, Ebelacker gets his inspiration for his work by visiting museums and viewing pictures of old pottery collections.
Ebelacker’s work is exhibited in galleries, museums and private collections throughout the United States. He shows mainly with the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, where he won Best of Classification in 1992. He presently has a large red carved wedding vase on permanent exhibit at the Museum of New Mexico.
Reference: Artist publication