Santa Clara - Tewa pueblo
Marie was a Professor at the World College in Las
Vegas, New Mexico. Marie taught Birdell all the fundamentals of pottery
making the traditional way of her ancestors. Birdell has been making
pottery since the of age 10. The lucrative aspect of the business encouraged
Birdell to become an artist.
Birdell specializes in the hand coiled Santa Clara black polished pottery. She gathers clay from the Tribal clay pits within the Santa Clara Pueblo. Then, she cleans, mixes hand coils, shapes, and fires her pottery the traditional way, outdoors with saw dust. She coils many different sizes and shapes, like wedding vases and bowls. She also makes melon patterns on her pottery. Birdell is a fine potter whose art is crafted very well.
She is presently mentoring her children with the traditional ways of making pottery so they too may have a prolific future artistically if they need to fall back on the business of making pottery.
Birdell signs her pottery as: Birdell, Santa Clara
Pueblo, New Mexico.