Barbara & Joseph Cerno are full blooded Native
Americans. Barbara was born in 1951 and is half Acoma and half Hopi.
Joseph was born in 1947 into the Acoma Pueblo. Joseph was exposed to
art at a very young age by his Mother and Grandmother They both were
recognized coast to coast as prolific and established artisans. Joseph
was exposed to their excellent craftsmanship and traditional ancient
designs. His participation in the process of pottery making was not
encouraged. However, he was intrigued by the designs and shapes of ancient
pottery made by his ancestors. Joseph & Barbara are, essentially
self taught artists. They are among some of the finest potter’s
of our era.
Barbara & Joseph specialize in handmade traditional Acoma pottery.
The clay is gathered within the Acoma Pueblo grounds. All the materials
used to make their pottery is from Mother Earth. They clean, mix, coil,
shape, sand, paint, and fire the pottery outdoors, just like their ancestors
before them. They both participate and contribute equally while making
their pottery. They are especially known for their brilliant and large
olla pots, with painted patterns of traditional brilliant parrots. They
have studied the ancient pottery shards found within the many ruins
in their Pueblo, so that they keep within the traditional styles of
They have dedicated many hours of trial and error in perfecting the
skill and artistry necessary to make quality pottery. Joseph and Barbara
are widely recognized as the creators of pottery products that truly
reflect the traditional styling of their Indian Ancestors. They have
proudly demonstrated their skills in many events and they have conducted
several seminars under the auspices of the Crow Canyon Archaeological
Center of Cortez, CO. This has allowed them to extend their field of
research into the the Museum of Western New Mexico University, which
is recognized as one of the outstanding repositories of the Mimbres
Cultures. They have won many awards in which are too numerous to list.
The quality of these potter’s will endure for eternity. Every
one of their pots are individual creations.
-Too many awards to list
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
-American Indian Pottery 2nd Ed.
-Soutwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni
They have also introduced their children to the art of making pottery,
the traditional way. They are very proud of their children who have
won numerous awards and are establishing themselves as quality artists.
They sign their pottery as: Acoma, NM, Barbara & Joseph Cerno, followed
by the year the pot was made.