Mary R. Lucero

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. 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.

She signs her pottery: Mary R. Lucero, Jemez.

Pueblo storyteller
A storyteller figure
1 3/4 in H by 2 3/4 in Dia
Mary Lucero storyteller
A storyteller figure
4 1/2 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Two children on a storyteller
Storyteller with two children
3 1/4 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Seven pieces in a nativity
Nativity with seven pieces
3 1/2 in H by 2 1/2 in Dia
Measurement of largest piece
Ten pieces in a nativity set
Nativity set with 10 pieces
2 in H by 2 1/4 in Dia
Measurement of largest piece
A Flight to Egypt figure
A Flight to Egypt figure
5 1/2 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Bridesmaid figure
Bridesmaid figure with a lamb
2 1/4 in H by 2 in Dia
2 children on a grandmother storyteller
A grandmother storyteller with 2 children
2 in H by 2 in Dia
A dog and a bird riding a turtle with a Singing Grandfather
Singing Grandfather riding a turtle with a bird and a dog
4 1/4 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
One child and a ball with a miniature bridesmaid
A miniature bridesmaid with 1 child and a ball
2 1/4 in H by 2 in Dia
A Flight to Egypt figure
A Flight to Egypt figure
6 in H by 5 in Dia
Puppy on a singing grandfather figure
A singing grandfather figure with a puppy
2 in H by 2 1/4 in Dia
1 child and a lamb on a grandmother storyteller
Grandmother storyteller with one child and a lamb
2 1/4 in H by 1 3/4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery

Jemez Pueblo Potters