Grace Medicine Flower was born to Agapita Silva and Camilio Tafoya at Santa Clara Pueblo in 1938. She grew up in the company of some of the most famous Pueblo potters on Earth, including her aunt Margaret Tafoya.
Grace began working with clay early in life and was producing pottery by the early 1960s. First, though, she graduated from high school and worked as a secretary for a while.
It was in the late 1960s when she and her brother, Joseph Lonewolf, began using the sgraffito technique to etch the surfaces of their pottery. Grace says she sold her first piece of sgraffito pottery for $11, significantly more than her other traditional pieces were getting.
These days she might produce a dozen or so pieces per year and most disappear into private collections before they get to the market.