Turtle Pottery

Chickasaw Culture Keepers

"As I'm working on pots, I think about my ancestors," says Chickasaw potter Marcella Yepa. "There's a connection. It really feels like they are there to help me with my pots." Yepa's passion for pottery began at a young age when she helped her grandmother sand and paint her pots. "She taught me a lot about pottery," says Yepa, who began making her own pots at age 19. Now 30 years later, Yepa continues her passion, or as she puts it, "I just love working with clay." Just as her grandmother passed a love for pottery onto her, Yepa hopes to keep the family tradition alive. "I would like to pass my pottery making to my daughter and my granddaughters," says Yepa. "I teach them when they visit me."