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Joyce Ortiz is a daughter of Seferina & Guadalupe Ortiz and the oldest sister of Virgil, Janice and Inez Ortiz. She is also the mother of Dominick Ortiz. She learned to make pottery from her mother and says, “I can still hear Mom’s words “you’ll never know until you take the clay in your hands”” and it is the unknown of where the clay will take the potter which is always the surprise! Her pottery is traditionally fired and painted with native clay slips and wild spinach plant (black). Joyce has won awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and continues to encourage her children and grandchildren to try and work with pottery and continue this amazing Pueblo tradition.