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Juanita Suazo Dubray

My name is Juanita Suazo Dubray. I am a potter from Taos Pueblo. I am descended from an unbroken line of Taos Pueblos Natives. I was born and raised on the Pueblo. Later, I attended an Albuquerque boarding school to study Art History, Native American Arts & History. In 1980, after working for several years as a pharmaceutical technician, I became interested in historical/ traditional Native American Micaceous pottery making. I began making pots using traditional designs and symbols. These pots were designed as one-of-a- kind, with ancient symbols being used in different ways on each piece. In recent years, I have been making contemporary designs and symbols on traditional pots made of micaceous and white clays. My signature patterns include the famous “Corn Designs”, “Lizard”, “Turtle” and “Kiva” (using cut-out steps with signature corn motif. The “Corn Designs” came to me in a dream 1986, after my daughter Nanette died in a tragic motorcycle accident. The Corn symbolizes my daughter’s spirit and each Corn piece is infused with happiness, healing, love and beauty, which is passed on to those acquiring the pots. I also make “Storyteller Dolls” in micaceous clay. The figures include Mother and Father Storytellers and the Grandmother and Grandfather Storytellers. In 1991, I created a unique micaceous sculpture called “Circle of Love”. My work has been shown in the following museums, private collections and galleries: Institute of American Indian Art (Santa Fe, NM), Millicent Rogers Museum (Taos, NM); Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ); Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (Albuquerque, NM); Lavonne and Charles Fisher (Minneapolis, MN); Rose Mary Medley (Dallas, TX); Nancy and Bob Andrews (Baldwin, NY); Museum of New Mexico (Santa Fe, NM) and many other collections. In addition, I have been in many shows and exhibits, including: Denver Indian Market (1988); Santa Fe Indian Market (1988); Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Market (1988, 1989, and 1992); Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery in Washington DC (1992-93); and Taos Invites (1993). My work has also appeared in print (Taos Magazine, Santa Fe Magazine, Taos News, American International, Trailer Life Magazine), plus , Pueblo Artists Portraits; featured in book “All That Glitters”. I have also contributed works to Futures for Children Benefit organized by Robert Redford and Goldie Hawn, and was featured in a Japanese documentary on Indian Art in New Mexico. See the artist’s work


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