Marie S. Juanico is an older, veteran potter from Acoma, who adheres firmly to the old ways of making pottery.
Although getting on in years, she gathers her clay, mixes, forms, smooths and decorates it, then fires in the ground.
This Nativity shows the naturally snowy white clay of Acoma Pueblo, along with clay slips and both vegetal pigments and paint.
With its naive charm, it almost qualifies as folk art.
Mary is graceful and serene, Joseph is stalwart and pleased, and the Child has a happy smile as He kicks His feet and waves chubby hands, in His separate cradle.
A sweet Nativity, full of tradition and innocent, heartfelt faith, by an acknowledged potter.