Dolores Lewis was born in 1938 into the Acoma Sky Pueblo. She is one of the daughters of the world renowned late, Lucy M. Lewis. Dolores has been around great pottery artists her whole life, however, her greatest inspiration came down from her mother, Lucy. Dolores was a self-taught artisan who learned the ancient traditional methods of working with clay by carefully observing Lucy construct her beautiful pottery vessels. Dolores chose to continue the long lived tradition of working with pottery and using the ancient methods passed down to her from her grandmothers because of the importance to keep her people’s traditions alive. The Lewis family keep the same patterns and do not move to contemporary style because it is very important to them to keep alive true traditions and designs. Some of these designs which are replicated are the deer with a heartline, lightning bolt pattern and the many variations of the mimbres patterns. Dolores is also related to Emma Lewis-Mitchell, Carmel Lewis (sisters) and Drew Lewis (brother).