I come from a family of 5 sisters. I was born into the Sky Clan (Huwaka) and raised on the Acoma Reservation. As a young child, I have been around pottery a lot and by just being around someone very special in my life that made pottery. With this experience, I have taken a huge interest in pottery and have taken it to heart.
My mother Ella Peters taught me the process to make potter, “just watch me first and learn every step that I do.” She went on molding her pottery by hand and using tear¬drop shaped pumpkin gourds and small homemade wooden tools. Rosalie and her older sister, Edna taught her the process. I have been making and painting pottery for 12 years now, it took a lot of practice, trial and error to get to where I am today.
“Let me tell you a little about the meaning of the pottery designs. First of all, the pottery itself is mother-earth. The designs on the pots have many meanings. I enjoy using traditional designs. The sun, clouds, plants, rain, lightning, and of course the animals are symbolic. The pottery brings a lot of beauty to a home. Traditionally, pottery was made to hold water. The old folks say that Acoma pottery is known for its thin walls and is the only type of handmade pottery that could hold water, in extreme temperatures; cold or brought to a boil. Our ancestors used the pots for cooking, and for storing their goods; the water jug was used by men during planting and hunting season.”