Born: Sept 1, 1959
Michael Kanteena is an award winning potter from Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. He is best known for his pottery, which is inspired by Chaco, Mesa Verde and other Ancestral Pueblo pottery types.
He specializes in recreations of historic and pre-historic styles. His studies of ancient pottery have led him to explore the design motifs of the Mimbres and ancient Mexican peoples, which have also found their way into his contemporary styles. Due to the merging of cultures, old and new, Kanteena’s animals, pots and katsinas are distinctive from other pueblo potters.
Kanteena also makes pottery inspired by historic katsina dolls and katsina masks.
His work has been exhibited in the Maxwell Museum in Albuquerque, the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, and at many galleries.
Kanteena also shows his work at the annual Santa Fe Indian Market. Michael received the Wingspread Collector’s Guide Award of Excellence and Judges’ Choice at the prestigious Heard Museum Indian Artists’ Show in Phoenix.
Kanteena lives at Laguna Pueblo with his wife, Cynthia, daughter, Shawnee, and son, Joseph. He received a BA in Fine Arts from Eastern New Mexico University in 1981.
He has taught pottery-making at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in southwest Colorado.