||When Sandra Saad was 16 years old she left Amazonas and has been living in Goiás for the last 36 years. She married Benedito Dias da Silva, who was from a family of potters. She used to watch her husband working with clay but was ashamed to give it a go. “I think I was ashamed because my ancestors are Indians. I wish that at 16 I had had the same way of thinking and the understanding of things that I have today. Everything would have been different.” She buys the clay at the local brick works and uses it to make religious figures. Her first piece was an Iemanjá, which she made on this orisha’s day with indigenous features. “Today things are tough. People want cheap things, all looking the same. Our things are different. I can make ten Saint Francis, but one by one. Each one is made in turn. They might even be the same size but the features are different. I don’t have moulds.” The now ex-husband is her neighbour and still helps Sandra and their children who like to work with clay in their spare time.