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Marie S. Juanico

This older potter from Acoma is well-known and respected for her beautifully formed, finely painted, traditional work. She enjoys all the steps of traditional potting, from mixing the clay, making the paints by mixing different earth pigments, coiling, smoothing and pit-firing. Her pots, she says, achieve their own forms; she just follows.
If the shapes are old-style, she will decorate with strictly traditional designs; if the emerging form is contemporary, she creates her own, innovative patterns that still are rooted in Acoma Pueblo tradition. Her daughter, Delores Aragon, who was named after Marie’s mother, Delores Sanchez, is continuing the family art.