Bernice Suazo Naranjo

  • Taos Pueblo
  • Pottery

I have an intense passion for clay, I didn't begin my career with it until I found I needed something different besides painting and drawing. So in 1981, the same year I earned my Masters Degree in Administration I started from the basics. 2020 is my thirty-ninth year of learning what life as a potter means and I learned through hard work in what the traditional process demands. From the time one digs clay to the finished piece is ultimately a long process of muscle, grit, and determination while the process was arduous when I was stronger it can be extremely difficult and tiresome to do the whole process on my own. The pottery that you will view is self made by me however I do have help from my husband Tito Naranjo who aids in the process by digging up clay and chopping firewood. It takes more than the artist to make a living of a potter. My own success is due to family who have helped in this process and at the present continues to always give me insight, encouragement, ideas, and without their involvement I would not have continued as long as I had. Personally, I love the feel, texture, smell,and touch of the clay. It fillls me with utter delight to be able to form from the natural clay (source) to an intens and ultimately an amazing end product that one can create. Clay offers me an endless supply of ideas which change according to the time of when and what I am doing at the moment or what is happening in the outside world. Clay is a wonderful medium, it's therapeutic, forgiving of mistakes, and is truly a gift if one has the interest. I have also had a great opportunity to display my work and have made great long term lasting friendships with so many great people who enjoy my creations. They also play a great role in an artists life and winning awards and ribbons is just a small part in a potters life. I simply love it!

Sample of Work

"kho:heh tside povi" Hummingbird Flowers

"kho:heh tside povi" Hummingbird Flowers

10" h x 6.75" w

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Abstract Feather Design

Abstract Feather Design

10" h x 9" w

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Mother Nature

Mother Nature

12" h x 9" w

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