His teacher was the late Marie Francis Vallo who was his companion for many years. Marie was the mother of Acoma potters Leland Robert Vallo, Kim Vallo, and Thomas Vallo. Roberts and Kims work can be seen in our Acoma Pueblo section.
Westly has evolved his own style of contemporary pottery. He still uses traditional ways to create the work but the designs have a decidedly contemporary flare that continues to increase in popularity. His colors and graphics (includes Mimbres, Kokopelli, kiva steps, fineline) are distinctive which often make his work recognizable even at a distance. It is uplifting work and often seems whimsical. The rust colored pieces are a popular choice for complimenting Southwest and rustic interior designs.Westly has won several awards for his work and we've seen the prices for his pottery steadily increase over the last few years as his unique pottery style has gained acceptance among mainstream admirers of Southwest pottery. His pots and vases have very thin walls in the finest Acoma tradition. Westly Begaye is a full blooded Native American Indian born in 1965 into the the Navajo Nation.
Westly married into the Acoma Pueblo and he was inspired to continue the family tradition of working with clay from the late Marie Francis Vallo (wife) from the Acoma Pueblo. Marie taught Westly all the fundamentals of hand coiling Acoma styled pottery.He was also inspired by another fine artist by the name of Jorome Tiger, a Native American artist from Oklahoma, who is a fine painter. Westly has been working with art since the age of 12. The item "Westly Begaye 1986 Navajo Pueblo Art Ceramic Pottery Painted Glazed Vase Deer" is in sale since Sunday, November 20, 2011. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Pottery". The seller is "okua" and is located in Naples, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Philippines, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.