Mary Cain (1916-2010) Blue Rain
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Santa Clara Pueblo potter, Mary Cain, passed away Thursday, 22 April 2010, at age 95. Mary, whose Tewa name was Blue Rain, was a granddaughter of Sara Fina Tafoya and daughter of Christina Naranjo and she was the grandmother of famous Santa Clara artist Tammy Garcia who with her husband Leroy own and operate Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe.
Those who knew Mary Cain will relish wonderful memories of her. She was a magnificent woman. It was always a pleasure to visit and talk with her and her husband at their home in Santa Clara Pueblo. I recall many visits to their home to purchase pottery from Mary and her daughter Linda Cain and Tammy Garcia when she was only a youngster. Mary will be missed by many of us.
Born in 1916, Mary Cain actively made redware and blackware since 1930. She was taught by her mother, Christina Naranjo and her grandmother, Sara Fina Tafoya. She won numerous awards throughout the years and her pottery items continue to remain much sought after by collectors around the world.
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