Mary Cain

Santa Clara Pueblo

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 started producing redware and blackware for the marketplace around 1930. She earned 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-Medlock and Tammy Garcia. All of them grew into award-earning potters.

Avanyu design carved into a black jar
Black jar carved with an avanyu design
3.25 in H by 5 in Dia
Bear paw imprints on a black jar Black jar with bear paw imprints
8 in H by 8.5 in Dia
An avanyu design carved around the outside of a black bowl
A black bowl with an avanyu design carved around the outside
4.5 in H by 5.25 in Dia

Santa Clara Pueblo Potters