Lorraine Williams (1950- )

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Lorraine Yazzie Williams, Diné, Navajo Nation, was born in Arizona during the late 1950s and was raised in Sweetwater, Arizona, near Kayenta and Teec Nos Pos, in the Four Corners region. She was not raised with exposure to the tradition of pottery making and did not begin working with clay until 1980. Three of Lorraine's seventeen brothers and sisters also work in clay.

Lorraine was adept at making beads and sand paintings and she was a weaver. Her father was a medicine man. Her mother was an herbalist. After she married George Williams and began to be exposed to the pottery of his mother, Rose Williams, a famous potter, she began to appreciate the value of pottery and, by the early 1980s, began producing pottery of her own.

Williams was one of the female artists featured in the national exhibit and published in the book Pottery by American Indian Women: The Legacy of Generations by Susan Peterson. She was also invited to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate traditional pottery making. She has been an award winner at Heard Museum Indian Shows as well as Santa Fe Indian Market.



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