Christine McHorse is a Navajo potter and sculptor. She has won so many awards her work has been raised into a whole other classification.
Christine's father was a heavy equipment operator and Chrictine grew up in the Clifton, AZ area, where her father worked for the copper mines. She spent summers on the Navajo Reservation with her grandmother. After high school, she attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, graduating in 1968. Three years later she married Joel McHorse, a silversmith from Taos. Christine says she learned how to make pottery from Joel's grandmother, Lena Archuleta. Taos pottery is usually simple and elegant with little or no decoration beyond that afforded by the micaceous slip they apply to nearly every piece. When Christine does add decoration, she draws on the rich traditions of the Navajos for her designs.