Mary I. Lucero, “Walatowa”, is a full
blooded Native American Indian. She was born into the Jemez Pueblo in
She was inspired to learn the art of hand coiling and hand pinching
pottery, using ancient traditional methods passed to her by her Sister,
She learned to construct storytellers at the age of 20 in 1977. Working
with clay is also a supplement of income to help raise her children.
Mary specializes in the handmade pueblo style storytellers. She gathers
her own clay from the sacred grounds within the Jemez Pueblo. Then,
she cleans the clay, mixes, hand coils, shapes, paints, and fires her
clay sculptures using ancient methods used by her ancestors. She uses
all natural pigments for colors to accent her pottery. Mary was also
taught the fundamentals of hand coiling pottery.
However, she enjoys making her storytellers thoroughly. According to
Mary it is a wonderful way to relax and clear your mind of all the stress
involved with being a parent and working full time.
Mary signs her pottery as: M.I. Lucero, Jemez.
Mary is related to the following artists: Virginia A. Lucero (sister),
and Carol Gachupin (cousin).
-None to date
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
-Southwestern Indian Foundation Catalog