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Small, Mary

From the age of eight (8), Mary Small helped her mother make pottery and weave yucca baskets.  Today, she is one of the leading potters from the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico.  In 1975, Mary stopped using paint and started using only clay glazes.  She developed her own technique for a gray glaze and is now known for her white and gray designs on a light red base.  She uses white clay from San Felipe Pueblo for pure white designs.  The delicate matte gray has become a trademark of her pots.  The gray glaze is made from the Rocky Mountain bee plant that is boiled down into a sticky pigment and then mixed with white clay.  Her work includes traditional and contemporary designs often inset with Turquoise.  Mary was the Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA) Artist of the Year in 2002 and 2010.  She is truly a treasure.

 

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