Mae Tapia

Mae Tapia-Suazo was born into Santa Clara Pueblo in 1956. Her mother, Santanita Suazo, says Mae got interested in working with clay when she was about seven so Santanita taught her the fundamentals of making pottery. Among her relatives are sister Candelaria Suazo and aunts Dolores Curran and Geri Naranjo.

Today, Mae specializes in creating red on black miniatures.

Sgraffito fish medallion and sienna spot on a black seed pot
Black seed pot with sgraffito fish medallion and sienna spot
1 in H by 1 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito quail and geometric design on a red seed pot
Red seed pot with sgraffito quail and geometric design
1 1/2 in H by 2 in Dia
Sgraffito avanyu, medallion and geometric design on a black seed pot with sienna spots
Sienna spots on a black seed pot with sgraffito medallion, avanyu and geometric design
1 1/4 in H by 2 1/2 in Dia
Sgraffito squirrel, quail, kokopelli and geometric design on a black seedpot
Black seed pot decorated with a sgraffito kokopelli, quail, squirrel and geometric design
2 in H by 2 1/4 in Dia
Geometric design and sgraffito rabbit, bird and crab medallions on a black seed pot with sienna spots
Sienna spots on a black seed pot with sgraffito rabbit, bird and crab medallions plus a geometric design
2 1/4 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito quail design on a miniature red seed pot
Miniature red seedpot decorated with a sgraffito quail design
3/4 in H by 1 in Dia
Sgraffito turtle, avanyu and geometric design on a black seed pot
Black seed pot decorated with a sgraffito avanyu, turtle and geometric design
3 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery