Joseph Cerno was born on January 30, 1947, Barbara on October 20, 1951. They have been making traditional Acoma pottery since their late teens... well over 40 years. Both learned the ancient art of pottery making from Joseph's mother, Santana Cimmeron Cerno. The Cerno's have won awards at every major Southwest Pottery show including Santa Fe Indian Market, The Gallup Ceremonials and The New Mexico State Fair. They are known especially for their large ollas. Usually Joseph does the vessel-making part and Barbara does the painting but every now and then one or another will make their own piece from end-to-end, usually a seedpot.