Specializing in Native American Crafts Since 1916

Alma Loretto-Maestas

Clay Artist

Artist Profile

Alma Loretto (Concho) Maestas, “Painted Parrot,” member of the Water Clan, was born in 1941. She is half Jemez and half Laguna. She was inspired to continue the tradition of pottery making by her mother, Carrie Reid Loretto. Alma was introduced to pottery making at the age of 7. She specializes in handmade Jemez Pueblo figurines, storytellers, koshares, nativities and can also hand coil traditional pottery. After trying various styles of pottery making, Alma prefers to make figurines. She paints with natural colors and fires her pottery the traditional way. Alma signs her pottery: ALMA, followed by a water symbol to denote her clan origin. Alma is also related to Dorothy, Lupe, Edna, Fannie, Josephine and the late Mary Loretto (sisters).

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