Clarence Cruz is a Tewa potter from Ohkay Owingeh (formerly known as San Juan Pueblo). He has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, where he currently teaches. He received the 2012 SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market Lifetime Achievement Allan Houser Legacy Award, which honors Pueblo potters. His work is currently on display in the exhibit, Elements of the Earth, in the Ortiz Center Gathering Space at the Maxwell Museum. To make his pottery, he gathers all of his own raw materials, including clays and pigments. All of his pottery is fired outdoors using traditional methods. Because clay comes from the earth, he describes his work as a representation of "the bond that is created between land and people."