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Mae Tapia-Suazo was born in
1956 into the Pueblo of Santa Clara. Mae became interested in
making pottery when she was about seven years old. Mae was inspired
to make pottery by her Mother, Santanita Suazo. Her mother taught
her all the fundamentals of pottery making and Mae continues
the family tradition today.
Mae specializes in handmade
contemporary red on black miniature pottery. She gathers all
of her materials for making her pottery from within the grounds
of the Santa Clara Pueblo. Mae cleans the clay, mixes, hand coils,
shapes, designs the images, carves the images, and fires her
pottery, outdoors, the traditional way. She makes a wide variety
of sizes and shapes.
Mae carves many designs on
her pottery ranging from; kokopelli, rabbits, lizards, and hand
coils animal sculptures. She signs her pottery as: Mae Tapia,
Santa Clara. Mae is related to Shirley Duran, Margie Naranjo,
and Candy Suazo (sisters).
-Santa Fe Indian Market
-Eighth Northern Pueblos Exhibit
-New Mexico State Fair