- Studied under famed potters Clarence Cruz (Ohkay Owingeh) and Max D. Early (Laguna Pueblo)
- Potter Consultant and Indian Advisory panel member, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Skilled artist in both pottery and silversmithing
A member of the San Felipe Pueblo where he still resides and works, Ray "Duck" Garcia continues the tradition of his family by creating inspiring and striking pieces of pottery and jewelry. He credits his grandmother for instilling in him the love of pottery-making and his mother for introducing him to silverwork. With exquisite attention to detail, Ray cuts and grinds the shell and stone he uses in his jewelry ensuring that at every step his creations are handmade. As to his pottery, he uses Micaceous clay and native clays, slips and paints. His pieces incorporate traditional ideas with contemporary architectural notes. The diverse cultural experiences he's gained while in the United States Navy also serve to influence his designs. Enhanced and refined over the years, his jewelry methods include: Tufa casting, Cuttlefish casting, overlay and inlay designs.
Each of Ray's pieces are completely unique and reflect the meaningful labor that went into their creation.