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Maidens and More
Maidens and More
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About Me

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Bio

Stone carving has long been a part of my maternal family heritage, making me a 3rd generation carver.  My grandmother, Ellen Quandelacy, was a jeweler and also a fetish carver and the matriarch of twelve children.  More than half her children are well known for their fetish carvings and jewelry, including my mother, Georgia Quandelacy.  

     

When I was nine, my mother had enough confidence in me to allow me to sit at her double shaft grinding motor and try my hand at carving.  She first taught me to carve turtles and bears with her scrap fossilized amber no less!  


At the age of 10, my aunt Faye taught me to carve corn maidens on a hand pumped grinding wheel during a show she was demonstrating at in Flagstaff.  The corn maiden instantly became my favorite thing to carve over the years, although my fetish carving "career" was sporadic through my adolescence.


Fetish carving full time, for me,  begin as a young mother in 2004 out of necessity and a means to take care of my newborn daughter but quickly became something I grew to love, enjoy, and appreciate.  I've spent the last 15 years delicately honing and nurturing my life’s work of stone carving and learning to create a variety of animals and birds in addition to the corn maiden. 


Through my website, I hope to help you learn more about me as an artist, the work I create, and of course to bring to you the same joy that I find while creating my carvings. 


I currently reside in Albuquerque with my two children, Drew and Jada, ages 7 and 14.


-Kateri Sanchez


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Awards

  • 2019 - Best of Division, Santa Fe Indian Market (Fetishes/Miniature Sculpture)
  • 2019 - 1st Place, Santa Fe Indian Market (Traditional Pueblo Fetishes)
  • 2015 - 1st Place, Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, Zuni Fetish Category
  • 2015 - 2nd Place, Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, Zuni Fetish Category
  • 2007 - 1st Place, Gallup Inter-tribal
    Ceremonial
  • 2007 - 1st Place, Santa Fe Indian Market (Traditional Pueblo Fetishes)

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