Rafaelita specializes in exceptionally large pottery vessels, which are stone-polished and pit-fired.
Having spent his youth in both the Crow homelands and at the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico, Arnold is able to incorporate elements of both the nomadic Plains cultures and intensely spiritual Pueblo cultures into his distinctive sculpture. While many of his pieces can be intricately realistic, others are abstractly flowing forms that are merely suggestive of the spirit of the animal he is trying to capture.
Westly Begay, Navajo, 1965 - . Westly married into the Acoma Pueblo and learned that Pueblo's tradition of working with clay from his late wife, Marie Francis Vallo. His pottery is distinguished by its thinness as well as by its superlative paintwork, in which he was inspired by the fine Creek/Seminole artist Jerome Tiger. He signs his pottery as "Westly B." and ordinarily titles each piece he creates.
Westly took First Prize at the 1999 New Mexico State Fair.
Mary Cain ("Blue Rain"), Santa Clara Pueblo. 1915 - . Mary has been handcrafting Santa Clara pottery since 1930. Her mother, Cristina Naranjo, and grandmother, Sarafina Tafoya, both inspired and encouraged her to continue the long family tradition of working with clay. Mary's sisters Teresita Naranjo, Mary Eckleberry, and Mida Tafoya also became potters of great renown. Mary specializes in traditional handcoiled and handpolished black-on-black and redware pottery, often incorporating carved water serpents or bear paws. Her pottery is eminently collectible.
Mary's awards are numerous and include multiple First, Second, and Third Prizes at the Santa Fe Indian Market, as well as First Prizes at both the Eight Northern Pueblos Show and the New Mexico State Fair.
Myrtle's awards include prizes at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, and New Mexico State Fair.
Barbara (Eagle/Antelope Clans, 1951 - ) and Joseph (Roadrunner Clan, 1947 - ) Cerno, Acoma Pueblo. Joseph and Barbara, a husband-and-wife team, are everywhere recognized as contemporary artists of the first rank. They are among some of the finest potters of this or any era.
Barbara, of half Hopi Pueblo heritage, was introduced to the craft by her Acoma mother-in-law, Santana. She refined her art by consulting with her Hopi relatives and friends and adapting some of their methods to the fine Acoma clays. Joseph was also taught the craft by his mother, from whom he learned both the material and spiritual aspects of the Acoma tradition of pottery making.
Barbara and Joseph's patient and painstaking pottery-making process can take as much as a year to complete. They are at the same time both deeply traditional and highly innovative in their approach to their art. They studied the ancient pottery shards found at the Pueblo in order to capture the traditional styles of their ancestors, and have dedicated many hours of experimentation in perfecting their contemporary skill and artistry.
Barbara and Joseph are justifiably acclaimed for their perfectly formed, precisely and brilliantly painted parade pots. They sign their pottery as "Acoma, NM, Barbara & Joseph Cerno", followed by the year the pot was made.
Their awards are literally too numerous to list, and include multiple First, Second, and Third Prizes at the santa Fe Indian Market..
Denise Chavarria, Santa Clara Pueblo, 1959 - . Her famed mother, Stella Chavarria, taught Denise the fundamentals of working with clay and encouraged her to continue the family tradition and to add to their legacy. Denise specializes in traditional black-on-black Santa Clara pottery and is a master of fine stone-polishing. She signs her pottery as "Denise Chavarria, Santa Clara Pueblo".
Denise's awards include First, Second, and Third Prizes in pottery in various years at the annual Santa Fe Indian Market.
Both a painter and a sculptor, Al's work is characterized by powerful masculine images of the Assiniboine culture and by strong depictions of elements of the natural world. Since he served as his own model in much of his work, self-portraiture is a hallmark of many of his pieces.
Tina specializes in handmade Santa Clara pottery, both blackware and redware. She gathers, cleans, and mixes her own clay, and shapes, coils, and fires her pottery outdoors in the traditional way. Her pottery shows her remarkable gift for form and her polish has always been of exceptional quality. Today, Tina continues to produce only the finest quality pottery - her work is an art to behold. Tina has worked on many prestigious pottery demonstrations and has assisted in producing a video for the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe about the continuation of traditional pottery making into modern times.
Tina has won awards too many to list, including various First and Second Prizes and Best of Division Awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market throughout the decades of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
Wilfred's many awards include First, Second, and Third Prizes at the Santa Fe Indian Market.
Irene gathers her own native clay from within the Pueblo and grinds, hand cleans, and mixes the clay. The colors she uses in painting are natural pigments, and her pots are handcoiled and fired outdoors. Irene creates a wide variety of forms, including distinctive wedding vases. Irene signs her pottery as "Irene Herrera, Zia".
Irene's awards include Best of Show at the annual Eight Northern Pueblos Show.
Carmel Lewis Haskaya, Roadrunner Clan, Acoma Pueblo, 1947 - . Carmel is the youngest daughter of the world-renowned Lucy Martin Lewis, who was Carmel's great inspiration and teacher. She is today considered one of the best Pueblo potters, and has earned great respect for the fineness of her pots and her elegant paintwork. Her distinctive designs are often derived from her study of traditional symbols used on ancient Tularosa and Mimbres pottery shards. Carmel's pottery is handcoiled of native clay and is decorated with natural pigments that she collects and prepares herself.
Carmel's numerous awards include First, Second, and Third Prizes at the Santa Fe Indian Market, as well as prizes at the Eight Northern Pueblos Show, Heard Museum Show, and New Mexico State Fair.
Drew specializes in handcoiled, handpainted pottery in polychrome and Anasazi Revival black-on-white. He gathers his raw clay and temper from within the Acoma Pueblo, and extracts his paint colors from native plants and minerals. Drew fires his pottery outdoors in the traditional manner. He signs his pottery as "Drew Lewis, Acoma, N.M.".
Drew exhibits at the Santa Fe Indian Market and New Mexico State Fair.
Elizabeth Medina, Zia Pueblo, 1956 - . Elizabeth Toya Medina is originally from Jemez Pueblo and married into Zia Pueblo. Her mother-in-law, Sofia Medina, inspired Elizabeth to learn the art. Elizabeth is highly regarded for the graceful form of her pottery and the harmonious designs. She sometimes collaborates in painting her pottery with her husband, Marcellus. Her own work and that done in collaboration with Marcellus is considered some of the best of contemporary Pueblo art.
Elizabeth's awards include First, Second, and Third Prizes at the Santa Fe Indian Market, as well as prizes at the Eight Northern Pueblos Show, New Mexico State Fair, and Colorado Indian Market.
Sofia (1932 - ) and Lois (1959 - ) Medina , Zia Pueblo. Sofia and Lois are a mother and daughter team who create some of the finest Zia Pueblo pottery. They are considered modern masters of this ancient art - all of their pottery is masterfully shaped and beautifully decorated. Sofia was introduced to the craft by Trinidad Medina, one of Zia’s finest potters; Trinidad encouraged Sofia to teach all her children the art of traditional Zia pottery in turn. They sign their pottery as "Sofia Medina-Lois Medina, Zia".
Sofia and Lois exhibit at the Santa Fe Indian Market, New Mexico State Fair, and Eight Northern Pueblos Show. Their work is represented in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
Burel Naha (“Long Hair Kachina”), Spider Clan, Tewa, 1944 - . Burel is the son of the great Tewa potter Feather Woman (Helen Naha).
Burel creates traditional handcoiled Hopi pottery in a unique style, often incorporating spiders and intricate spiderweb designs, that pottery collectors everywhere will immediately recognize as his. His form and painting are always flawless. As with other members of his family, Burel's work is always in great demand. He signs his pottery with a Feather and Long Hair Kachina symbol.
Forrest Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo, 1963 - . Forrest specializes in handmade Sienna-style pottery, for which his family is known today. This technique, which first came into being in the 1960’s, involves firing to result in a color between the traditional black and red. Forrest enhances this innovation with detailed etching and carving of his pottery. His etching may depict animals, feathers, and any number of imaginative designs. He also crafts bear sculptures in clay, for which he has become well known. He signs his pottery as "Forrest".
Marianne Navasie, Kachina Clan, Tewa, 1945 - . Marianne is the daughter of the famed Tewa potter Joy Navasie, and granddaughter of world-renowned Paqua Naha, the original Frogwoman. Marianne has mastered the whiteware style pioneered by Paqua and later carried on by Joy. She now continues the family tradition along with her siblings Maynard, Grace, Leona, Natelle, and Loretta. Marianne’s pottery is very characteristic of the family style - crisp and elegant paintwork over a gleaming white background. She gathers all her materials from within the Hopi Pueblo, handcoils her pottery, and fires it outdoors with sheep dung. Marianne signs her pottery either with the Frog and tadpole symbols or Frog with the letter "M".
Marianne's work has won awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, New Mexico State Fair, and Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial .
Paulita and Gilbert have won First, Second, and Third Prizes at the Santa Fe Indian Market, as well as prizes at the Eight Northern Pueblos Show and Santo Domingo Pueblo Arts and Crafts Show. They have exhibited their work at the Smithsonian Institution.