Alfred Blea was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico from a family which goes back several generations. Nomadic by nature, Spirit guided him to master potter Felipe Ortega’s in La Madera, New Mexico. Unbeknownst to him, pottery class began on Sunday; thus his relationship with Clay Mother commenced. Felipe Ortega has guided and helped his technique through the years.
Alfred has participated in harvesting, mixing and finishing micaceous clay – a respectful process of Apache tradition. His attention to detail, concepts and presence with Clay Mother has deepened his presence which is practiced through his daily life. The process with Clay Mother from start to finish is thoroughly enjoyed. Alfred is honored to walk the path amongst the great potters of New Mexico.