Crucita Gonzales Calabaza (1921-1999) Blue Corn was born in San Ildefonso around 1923 and was encouraged by her grandmother, at an early age, to "forget school and become a potter." She did attend school at the pueblo and later at the Santa Fe Indian School, however. At age 20, she married Santiago (Sandy) Calabazas, a Kewa (Santo Domingo) silversmith. During the 1940s, she worked at Los Alamos as a housecleaner for J. Robert Oppenheimer. Shortly after World War II, she took up pottery making and found her calling.
Blue Corn is famous for re-introducing San Ildefonso polychrome wares which had become a lost product after the blackware of Juian and Maria had become in such demand in the 1920s. She also made blackware and redware but is most often associated with polychrome.