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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Folk Art: Folk Ceramics: Bean Pot with Ear of Corn Appliqué
Myra Tso Kaye



Myra Tso Kaye

(born Tuba City, Navajo Nation, AZ 1961)

"I played with clay as a little girl, but somewhere along the way I became serious." Myra Tso Kaye, quoted in Chuck and Jan Rosenak, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, 1994


Navajo artist Myra Tso Kaye studied art at the University of Northern Arizona, but feels that school only taught her the "scientific" side of her artwork. Kaye believes that the spiritual side came from her home and family: Her grandfather was a medicine man, as are her father and brother; her mother, Faye Tso, is a potter and herbalist. (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, 1994)


Image Credits: Originally photographed by Chuck Rosenak. Image is courtesy of the Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, 1990-1999, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.