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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Folk Art: Folk Ceramics: Bear

Louise Goodman

(born Cow Springs, Navajo Nation, AZ 1937)

When Louise Goodman realized that the demand for functional pottery was falling, she began making decorative rope pots, wedding vases, and animals. She works in a "closet-sized studio" in her house in Cow Springs, Arizona, at the end of a trail leading from an abandoned trading post. All seven of Goodman's children helped her with her pottery while they were growing up and one of her daughters, Virginia Shortman, is now a potter (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, 1994).