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Linda Cain was born in 1949 at the Santa Clara Pueblo, and has been making pottery since 1970. Award winning artist, Linda is still actively making carved redware and blackware, seed jars, jars and bowls from Santa Clara Pueblo. She is known for her abstract style pottery that utilizes modern shapes but with traditional inspired imagery and design. Deeply carved pottery is primarily associated with Santa Clara Pueblo potters, based northwest of Santa Fe. There, Sara Fina Tafoya (ca. 1863–1949) started a family line that includes many of today’s most respected makers, including Linda Cain.

Linda is the daughter of Mary and Willie Cain and her Native American Tewa name is “Yellow Corn.” She learned to make pottery from her Mother Mary Cain and is a Granddaughter of Christina Naranjo, and Great-Granddaughter of Sara Fina Tafoya. She is also the mother of noted potters Autumn Borts-Medlock and Tammy Garcia. Her sisters, Tina and Joy are also noted potters. She has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and Heard Indian Art Fair, and her work can be found in museums throughout the southwest.  She has been featured in numerous publications such as American Indian Art Magazine, and the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Official Guide.