I am a 54-year-old Mexican-American folk artist and potter.  I began making pottery about 20 years ago, maybe a little longer, and am self-taught.  I did not know where to locate clay or how to build pots, but had the desire to do so from a very young age and like a lot of kids, I enjoyed playing with mud.  In my thirties, on intuition, I went in search of clay. I still remember the first time I found some here in El Paso.  I was so excited.  Finding the clay was just the beginning.  I had to be patient and let the clay teach me how to work it and how to form pots.  It is very important to be a good listener even when you hear no words.  Over many years, I did learn.  Each piece I make is a spiritual experience for me.  It is when I am most happy and fulfilled.  There is something magical that happens through the entire process.  Each piece is like a tiny miracle to me – a special gift from Mother Earth.

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