Marie Suazo is the granddaughter of Rosita Velarde. She is the daughter of Teresa Gutierrez; sister of Carol Velarde, Ivan Gutierrez, Doris Tenorio, Earl Gutierrez, and Tony Gutierrez, Jr. Suazo. Marie Suazo has been a consistent award winner at Santa Fe Indian Market since 1990 and she has been referenced and published in numerous books and articles. She is a very accomplished potter. Marie is accomplished at firing both black and red pottery with equal efficiency.
Many potters at Santa Clara Pueblo produce black carved pottery but Marie is one potter who achieves the deep cuts into the pottery walls. Additionally, to offset the design, she faintly outlines the edges of the cuts with a thin matte black line. This technique is used by many in her family.