Mary Cain

Mary Cain (1916-2010) was a potter from Santa Clara Pueblo. She learned the traditional ways of making pottery from her mother, Christina Naranjo, and grandmother, Serafina Tafoya. Mary was producing red and black ware for the marketplace around 1930. She won numerous awards over the years. She signed most of her pieces: Mary Cain Santa Clara Pueblo.

Mary passed her knowledge and techniques on to her own children, Billy, Linda and Joy Cain, and her grandchildren, Autumn Borts and Tammy Garcia. All of them grew into award-winning potters.

Avanyu design carved into a black jar
Black jar carved with an avanyu design
3 1/4 in H by 5 in Dia

Santa Clara Pueblo Potters