Mary R. Lucero was born into Jemez Pueblo in 1948. She was inspired to learn the art of working with clay by her grandmother, Magnita Lucero (one of the last few Jemez potters after the attempted revival of Jemez pottery in the 1920's and 30's). Magnita introduced Mary to the hills that provide the best clay for Jemez pots. Her grandmother also taught Mary where to gather other natural materials and pigments from sacred grounds on the pueblo. Magnita taught Mary how to mix, shape, paint, and fire pottery the traditional way, outdoors and with sheep dung.
Mary is famous for her handmade pueblo storytellers but she does more than that. She also makes animals, nativity scenes, "Flight to Egypt" pieces and other clay sculptures. She also likes to make most of them small, some of them miniature. Her work is finely detailed and her painting (in multiple natural pigments) is exquisite.
She signs her pottery: Mary R. Lucero, Jemez.