Marie Juanico learned pottery making from her mother, Delores Sanchez, who lived to the age of 103. Marie carries forward her mother’s tradition of creating fine pottery in the old way. She has passed the tradition on to her daughter, Delores Aragon.
“Marie enjoys doing her own ‘creative work from scratch.’ She said that she likes to ‘mix clay, make paint and mix different color earth pigments.’ Pottery making is her main source of income, but it’s ‘what I want and like to do.’
“Marie feels that her pots take on their own desired forms naturally. If the shape comes out old style, she uses traditional Acoma designs. If the shape emerges in a contemporary style, she innovates her own patterns. She explained, ‘There’s (sic) no two pots alike; they each have meaning.’” Schaaf, 2002