Brian Tsethlikai is a potter born and raised on Zuni Pueblo. He and his significant other (Yvonne Nashboo) were inspired by Phil Hughte, one of their High School instructors, to learn the art of hand-coiling pottery. Yvonne combined that with what she learned from her sister, Tammy Bellson, about making pottery. Both started producing pottery in their late teens and have since followed the sign of the lizard as it attempts to bring the Zuni pottery tradition more to life.
They sign their collaborative creations: B.T./Y.N., Zuni, while Brian signs his solo efforts with: B. Tsethlikai, Zuni.