Barbara and Joe Cerno, SR (1951/1947 – Present)
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Barbara Hayah Cerno (b.1951) and Merle Joseph Martin Cerno (b.1947) are a husband and wife pottery-making team. Their pots are made from traditional materials, hand-coiled and fired outdoors. Barbara and Joe Cerno sign their pottery B. J. Cerno. There is now a Joseph Cerno, Jr. who is following in the footsteps of his parents.
Barbara’s mother, Esther Gunn Hayah, was of Acoma Pueblo and Barbara’s father, William David Hayah, was of the Hopi village of Polacca. Barbara and Joseph both learned pottery making techniques from his Acoma mother, Santana Cimmeron Cerno.
In 1969, Barbara and Joseph made their first pottery. They started with miniatures, then created larger and larger pots. In 1971, they won their first of a long list of awards—1st Prize in the Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial in Gallup, NM. Their awards have continued pouring in and are too numerous to post here.
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