The middle of three generations of exemplary potters, Maxine is a recently retired veteran teacher and administrator in the Jemez Pueblo school system.
This figure demonstrates, the serenity, elegance and emotion that characterize her pieces.
This, as all her prize-winning work, is entirely traditional: 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.
Despite its relatively modest size, this figure has a monumental presence that is both fervent and serene.
The painted details of her manta and robe, 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 artists conveys the intense emotion of a new mother, chanting prayers and praise for her baby.
Beautiful to look at, beautifully made, with a beautiful, emotional punch.