Mae Tapia was known for her intricately etched miniature pottery. She was a daughter of potters Joe and Santanita Suazo. Her sisters include Martha Suazo (the wife of Art Cody Haungooah), Margie Naranjo, Candelaria Suazo, and Shirley Duran. This bowl is entitled, “Rainbow Man and Sun God”. It has a rainbow Yei figure on one side surrounded by feathers. The opposite side has a sun with corn. Separating them are feathers. It is an intricate design etched into the surface of the clay. The piece was fired a deep black. It is signed on the bottom, “Mae Tapia”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.
Mae Tapia was a daughter of noted potter Santanita Suazo. She was known for her miniature pottery and use of Mimbres inspired designs. She won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, Gallup Ceremonials and other events.