About the Artist...
Native American potter and sculptor Mary Small, of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, IACA Artist of the Year for 2002, has learned to work clay in the traditional coiling method of her ancestors, using clays dug on Jemez land and hand-painted with clay glazes which are fired outdoors over cottonwood coals after each application of color.
She and her husband, Ivan Small, developed the delicate matte gray glaze that distinguishes their pieces from other Native American potters.
"Each piece of pottery is a contribution to the interaction with nature so necessary for protection of the people on earth."
Mary Small's pottery is featured in the Heard Museum, the Denver Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in permanent collections throughout the country.