“People would come from all over the world,” Roller said. “They’d bring their Margaret Tafoya pots and have their picture taken with her. … She’d be in her best ceremonial dress and she’d ride up on one of the grandson’s cars, and people would gather around and take pictures and applaud. It was like watching a movie star arrive at a premiere.”
In 1983, Lucy Lewis was given the New Mexico Governor's Award for outstanding personal contribution to the art of the state. In 1977, she was invited to the White House. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
"The next morning on Saturday I asked Cree to go back to Museum and pick up our pieces and check results. Thirty minutes later I got a call from Cree and he was very excited. He told me over the phone 'Guess What Dad?'
"I said 'What?'
"Cree said, 'I won 2nd place!' He was so happy as it was his first ribbon in competition acknowledging his skill. Then there was a pause , he followed with the statement, 'You got first place.'
"To me this was one of my most memorable moments to share with my son –the acknowledgement and awards for our work.
"To share this experience with my son was truly a proud moment."
“The funny thing about winning the best of traditional pottery award was that it was for a green slip on black jar. The first time I tried to enter a pot with the green slip years before, I was given a hard time about the color of the slip.”