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Anderson Peynetsa
ZUNI POTTER

Anderson Peynetsa was one of the "start students" who learned pottery making from Jennie Laate. His first class was in eighth grade. He progressed through the beginning, intermediate and advanced courses. In 1986, Ralph T Coe, a renowned scholar of Native American Art, described Anderson as "richly talented" and successful graduate of the pottery program at the Zuni High School.

In 1988, he and his wife, Avelia, collaborated on pottery they entered at the Zuni Show, Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. The museum purchased one of their black-on-red duck effigy pots. Two years later; the museum added one of their black-on red ollas with a frieze of eight deer with heartlines around the neck. During this period, the Peynetas also began applying water serpents, as three-dimensional relief figures onto the outside of some of their pots.

Today, Anderson is amongst the best contemporary Zuni pottery painters. He is noted for his "precise, flowing lines." He also is an excellent sculptor, applying relief figures as noted onto some of his pottery. His lizard figures seem to walk out of the surface of his pots, reminiscent of European master M. C. Escher. Anderson displays a bold flowing style. His pottery is often quite innovative.