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.
The use of sparkly micaceous clay slip adds another esthetic dimension to the sublime beauty of the piece. Characteristically, this figure is all about graceful line and form.
The play of texture – matte against polish, against the glistening mica – 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.
Beautiful to look at, beautifully made, with compelling emotion, too.