The middle of three generations of exemplary potters, Maxine is a retired veteran teacher and administrator in the Jemez Pueblo school system, and an award-winning artist, as well.
This beautiful maternal figure demonstrates the serenity, elegance, and emotion that characterize her pieces.
Entirely traditional in method and materials, as all her work is, it is made of: hand-gathered and mixed clays, hand-formed, stone polished, hand-painted with clay slips and plant pigments, and pit fired.
Characteristically, this figure is all about graceful line and form.
The play of texture – matte against polish – and the natural clay palette, like every element in this work, is subtle but vital.
The figure has a monumental presence that is both ardent and tranquil.
The painted details of her manta, as well as the fluid forms of her necklace, baby, hair, face, and body, are meticulously and beautifully executed.
With the utmost simplicity and economy of detail, the artist conveys the emotion of a new mother, chanting prayers and praise for her baby.
Gorgeous to look at, beautifully made, with compelling emotion, too, and if you’d like, you can see another, smaller and slightly different, version of this beautiful piece here.