Spirit of the Desert specializes in distinctive, handmade slip cast ceramics created by Juanita Bower. Juanita captures New Mexico cultures, Spanish, Indian and Anglo. New Mexico has deep religious roots and Juanita has created many nativities, 3-15 piece Terra Cotta with 22k gold high lights, nativity ornaments and mission and steeple churches with Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in front of them.
When Juanita was 11, she went on a trip to Western New Mexico to an Indian Pueblo. She saw a horse, standing there, and Indian children climbing all over the horse, laughing and having a good old time. She created her Romper line from this New Mexican experience. Rompers are where Indian children are climbing on horses, bears, turtles, buildings and other objects. It shows the love of children for animals.