Celebrated for her large, dynamic figures (a family and Cochiti tradition now in its third century) Janice also creates appealing, traditional animals, from time to time: this bear, for example.
Bears are revered for their strength, power, and hunting prowess.
This bear looks as pleased as the human on his back, holding aloft a fat fish. Doubtless, the bear lent his knowledge and skill to land that fish.
Like the rest of her famous family, Mary Janice creates original, very appealing figures that continue the tradition of figural pottery at Cochiti.
As has been done for over two hundred years, the clay is natural: hand-dug, gathered, formed, smoothed, painted and pit fired.
The black is derived from steeping wild spinach in hot water to form a paint; the red and beige are natural, local clay colors.