Mary Ester Archuleta

Born in 1942, Mary Ester Archuleta is a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and sister to Mela Youngblood, Toni Roller, LuAnn Tafoya and Shirley Tafoya. She grew up with her hands in the clay. She married and moved to San Juan Pueblo in the 1960's and served a pivotal role in the revival of San Juan incised pottery in the 1970's. Mary was never a prolific potter but she did win numerous awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Geometric design carved in a red jar
Red jar carved with geometric design
Won 1st Place, Traditional Pottery at 1977 Santa Fe Indian Market
5 1/4 in H by 8 1/2 in Dia
Kiva step and geometric design carved into a red jar with brown cloud accents
Red jar carved with kiva step and geometric design plus brown cloud accents
5 in H by 8 1/4 in Dia
Sgraffito corn figure on a carved black melon jar
Black carved melon jar decorated with a sgraffito corn figure
4 3/4 in H by 6 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery