The matriarch of a multi-generation pottery family, Maxine and her children, Camilla and Dominique, are all major award-winners.
Maxine’s figures are notable for their simplified, graceful forms, graphic combinations of matte and stone-polished areas, and their serene presence – as in this lovely Rainbow Girl.
Her style is modern, but the subjects and technique are totally traditional.
Maxine uses hand-gathered clays from around her Jemez Pueblo home, mixes; coils, smooths, stone polishes, paint and pit-fires the pieces – just as her mother and ancestors did.
The base clay here is beige, painted in red clay slip, a creamy-hued clay slip, and black, wild spinach-derived paint. The feathers are real.
Rainbows mean rain, and rain is a blessing, so the theme is good luck and happiness.
The figure wears a rainbow shaped tablita on her head and also carries a rainbow.
The feathers on both represent prayers for rain.
Inside and below her robe are stylized clouds; rainbows occur in the sky.
In the back, her traditionally long hair falls, beautifully matte, against the richly gleaming, polished russet blanket.
Rainbow Girl is the latest figure this notable artist has brought us, and like all the others, it has a special aura of power and peace, as well as beauty.