Mary Cain – Santa Clara

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Santa Clara Pottery- Christina Naranjo & Mary Cain

Mary Cain is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born in 1915 into the Santa Clara Pueblo. She began hand coiling traditional Santa Clara pottery in 1930. According to Mary, “Pottery has been a part of her family heritage since as long as her great grandmother can recall.” Mary’s mother, Cristina Naranjo, inspired and encouraged her to continue the long lived tradition of working with clay. Her grandmother, Serafina Tafoya, was also a great inspiration to her. Mary can trace her roots back to great, great grandparents Sarafina and Geronimo Tafoya.

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Mary specializes in traditional hand coiled black on black or red Santa Clara hand polished pottery, with carvings of water serpents and bear paws. Mary says, “I love the work and will continue to do this for as long as I can.”


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  • Awards:

  • Santa Fe Indian Market 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place
  • Eighth Northern Pueblo Exhibit 1st & 2nd Place
  • New Mexico State Fair 1st Place
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