Clarence Cruz is Tewa from Ohkay Owingeh pueblo. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, he has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Allan Houser Legacy Award, honoring pueblo potters. He has traveled in China (Faculty Exhibition at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute) and has been a Consultant Curator for the Inaugural Exhibition for the Alfonso Ortiz Center (Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM). He works with clays, slips, mineral pigments, volcanic ash, and Rocky Mountain bee weed which he gathers from the mesas and canyons. His pottery firings are outside firings: reduction, oxidation, and open (fire clouds). Clarence teaches at the University of New Mexico, Santa Fe Community College and Northern New Mexico College.