Ethel “Turquoise Rock” Gutierrez Yazza ~ Santa Clara – Tewa
Ethel “Turquoise Rock” Gutierrez-Yazza is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born in 1959 into the Santa Clara-Tewa Pueblo. Ethel began working with clay at the age of 5. She was taught all the fundamentals of hand coiling traditional black pottery and using the ancient traditional methods in the process, which were past down from generation to generation. The lucrative aspect of the business also inspired her to become an artisan.