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Jemez Pueblo Pottery


The Jemez Pueblo is located in Central-Northern New Mexico. The pottery produced there is known for its distinctive earth-tone colors blending stone polished and matte finishes with painted and etched designs. The people of Jemez abandoned the craft of pottery making sometime in the early 18th century and relied instead on purchasing wares from other Pueblos, mostly Zia. Eventually they began to create their own work again during the 1920s and 30s, incorporating Zia's traditional designs and styles. It was not until the late 70s or 80s when Jemez pottery, with the help of noted potters such as Juanita Fragua and Mary Small, that Jemez pottery began to take on more distinctive designs and qualities that have made it very popular among collectors and enthusiasts.

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Jemez Pueblo Hand Coiled Bear Storyteller


by Irwin Pecos


Irwin Pecos was born in 1953. He is the son of Jose & Carol Pecos and learned his trade from his mother. His sister is Rose Pecos-Sun Rhodes. Irwin makes traditional polychrome figures and canteens. This piece is signed.


4 1/8" Tall , 2 3/4" Wide 


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Jemez Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Benjamin & Geraldine Toya


Benjamin & Geraldine “Laguna Flower” Toya are full blooded Native American Indians born into the Jemez Pueblo. Benjamin is a member of the Acorn Clan, and Geraldine is a member of the Coyote Clan. Benjamin was born in 1964 and Geraldine was born in 1966. They learned the art of pottery making at a very young age, but didn’t take a serious interest in pottery making until 1985. They were inspired by Margaret Sarracino (grandmother) and Pauline Sarracino (mother).

Benjamin & Geraldine specialize in hand-coiled pottery which they decorate very ornately with corn stalks and intricate blossom patterns. Their clay is gathered from within the Jemez Pueblo. It is cleaned, mixed, hand-coiled, shaped, sanded, hand-painted, and fired outdoors, the traditional way, with cedar wood chips. They coil various shapes and sizes of wedding vases and pots. The colors used on the pottery are derived by pigments from Mother Earth. They enjoy working on the larger pottery because they can add more detail on their pottery. They are related to Reyes Panana (cousin) who is known for making koshare clay sculptures and the late Louisa Panana (great grandmother). They sign their pottery as: B.G. Toya, Jemez, N.M.


6 1/4" Tall, 7" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Cat Storyteller Bowl


by Clifford Kim Fragua


Clifford Kim Fragua is a full blooded Native American Indian from the Jemez Pueblo. He was born in 1957 and has been hand making pottery sculptures since 1970. He was inspired to learn the art of clay sculpting from his Mother, the late Grace L. Fragua.

Clifford specializes in handmade storytellers, humorous koshares (ceremonial clowns), animals figurines, nativity’s, Christmas ornaments, and corn maidens. The materials that Clifford uses consist of native clay and temper found around the Jemez Pueblo. Natural clay is also used as colors to paint each piece. The clay and sand is prepared by drying, grinding, and sifting before it is mixed with water to produce the medium (weight of clay). The sculptures are then hand pinched, air dried, painted, and wood fired. The major portion of each sculpture is hollow. The end product is a natural tan-buff color where it is not painted. His work is a unique blend of the traditional and contemporary styles, producing one of a kind pieces. Emily Fragua-Tsosie, Bonnie Fragua, and Carol Fragua-Gachupin (sisters) are among the artists that Clifford is related to.


7 1/2" Tall, 6 3/4" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller


by Bonnie Fragua


Bonnie is well known for her animated dog and cat storytellers. She comes from an active family of potters as she was taught by her mother Grace Loretto and sisters Rose, Cindy, Felicia, Emily and Carol are potters as well. She first began making storytellers in 1983 and continues to use traditional methods passed on to her from her many teachers. This piece is signed.


6 1/2" Tall, 4 1/2" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller Bear Family


by Marcus Wall


Marcus Wall is a Jemez pueblo potter specializing in unique figural pottery. This handmade bear family is a perfect example of this potters one of a kind style. This set is one of our favorites we have seen from this artist! It is signed by Marcus.


Momma Bear is 8 3/4" Tall, 5" Wide, 6" Deep


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller Koshare


by Marcus Wall


Marcus Wall is a Jemez pueblo potter specializing in unique figural pottery. This adorable chubby faced Koshare is another charmings example of this potters one of a kind style. It is signed by Marcus.


13 1/2" Tall, 5 1/2" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Pottery Storyteller


by Mary Lucero


Mary Lucero is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born into the Jemez Pueblo in 1948. Mary was inspired to learn the art of working with clay by her Grandmother, Magnita Lucero. Magnita introduced Mary to the hills that provided the best clay. Then, Mary gathers other natural pigments from the sacred grounds within the Jemez pueblo. Magnita taught Mary how to mix, shape, paint, and fire pottery the traditional way, outdoors. She began hand coiling her pottery at the age of 14, when she would watch her grandmother make her pottery the traditional way.

 

Mary specializes in the handmade pueblo styled storytellers, but does not limit her abilities. She also makes animals, nativity’s and other clay sculptures. Mary uses natural colors to paint her pottery. Mary signs her pottery as: Mary Lucero, Jemez, N.M. Mary is related to the following artists: Carol Gachupin (sister), Mary I. Lucero (cousin), Diane Lucero, and Joyce Lucero (daughters).


2 7/8" Tall, 2 1/4" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Pottery Owl


by Juanita Fragua


A member of the Corn clan, Juanita Fragua is the matriarch of the Fragua family and has been instrumental in the Jemez pottery revival. Potting since the 1950s, she has won many awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market and other craft fairs. Each of her pieces is hand coiled in the traditional methods and painted with all natural paints.


Juanita signs each of her pieces in three separate ways. Each piece is marked JCF, carved into the bottom of the pot. She then signs the piece with her full name, Pueblo and date. Last she marks each pot with her trademark arrow.


4 3/8" Tall, 2 5/8" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller Family


by Chrislyn Fragua


Chrislyn Fragua is a Native American potter from the reservation of Jemez Pueblo. She has been making pottery, storytellers and other figures since the age of twelve. Her mother Linda Lucero-Fragua took the time to teach her how to make pottery and taught her to get the clay from the hills of Jemez. She is now passing the skills on to her daughter, Anissa Tsosie.


The clays and paint the Jemez potters use come from the surrounding areas of Jemez Pueblo so everything they use in the process of making the pottery is natural. Her favorite part of making pottery is doing the formation. Once she starts working with the clay she doesn't know what she will be forming and she usually gets different ideas. She has won a couple of ribbons from the Eight Northern Art Shows and plans to accomplish more in the near future.


5 3/8" Tall, 3 3/4" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Pottery Swan


by Leonard Tsosie


Leonard Tsosie “Corn Hill” was born in the late 1940’s into the Jemez Pueblo. Leonard was inspired to continue a long lived tradition by observing his wife, Emily Fragua-Tsosie. She is known for hand coiling storytellers and corn maidens. Leonard has been working with clay since the age of 11. However, he didn’t spark an interest in creating art until he noticed how dedicated his wife was to her art.


Leonard specializes in natural hand molded and hand painted figurines and story tellers. He gathers up his clay from the sacred grounds within the Jemez Pueblo. Leonard cleans the clay, mixes, shapes his pottery, fires the clay, and sand dries the pottery to a nice smoothness, paints with all natural colors and fires it one final time. He enjoys making his horses best of all. He signs his pottery master pieces as: L. Tsosie-Corn-Hill, Jemez.


8 1/2" Tall , 8 1/8" Wide 


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller Angel


by Chrislyn Fragua


Chrislyn Fragua is a 30 year old Native American potter from the reservation of Jemez Pueblo. She has been making pottery, storytellers and other figures since the age of twelve. Her mother Linda Lucero-Fragua took the time to teach her how to make pottery and taught her to get the clay from the hills of Jemez. She is now passing the skills on to her daughter, Anissa Tsosie.


The clays and paint the Jemez potters use come from the surrounding areas of Jemez Pueblo so everything they use in the process of making the pottery is natural. Her favorite part of making pottery is doing the formation. Once she starts working with the clay she doesn't know what she will be forming and she usually gets different ideas. She has won a couple of ribbons from the Eight Northern Art Shows and plans to accomplish more in the near future.


5 1/2" Tall, 3 3/8" Wide


Suggested Retail $140.00 / Your Price: $105.00


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Jemez Pueblo Pottery


by Angie Loretto


Angie Loretto was born into the Jemez Pueblo in 1955. Angie was inspired to learn the art of working with clay by her mother, Lenora Gachupin, at the age of 12. This doll has 6 babies and is painted in bold colors typically seen on Angie's dolls. This piece is signed.


4 1/8" Tall, 2 1/2" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Pottery


by Joyce Lucero


Joyce is from the Jemez Pueblo, Fire Clan, and has been making storytellers for over 20 years. She was taught by Mary Lucero, her mother, who is also very well known for her storytellers.

 

Joyce's work is presented at The Indian Craft Shop, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. and included in Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni by Hayes and Blom, Berger and Schiffer's Pueblo and Navajo Contemporary Pottery, and several other publications. This piece is signed.


4" Tall, 3 1/2" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller


by Chrislyn Fragua


Chrislyn Fragua is a 30 year old Native American potter from the reservation of Jemez Pueblo. She has been making pottery, storytellers and other figures since the age of twelve. Her mother Linda Lucero-Fragua took the time to teach her how to make pottery and taught her to get the clay from the hills of Jemez. She is now passing the skills on to her daughter, Anissa Tsosie.


The clays and paint the Jemez potters use come from the surrounding areas of Jemez Pueblo so everything they use in the process of making the pottery is natural. Her favorite part of making pottery is doing the formation. Once she starts working with the clay she doesn't know what she will be forming and she usually gets different ideas. She has won a couple of ribbons from the Eight Northern Art Shows and plans to accomplish more in the near future.


4 1/4" Tall, 2 1/4" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Hand Made Pottery Storyteller


by Cheryl Fragua


This adorably designed and colorful, hand made storyteller was created by well known artist, Cheryl Fragua. Cheryls pieces have a very distinct and unique look. They are full of lifelike yet whimsical quality that make them very popular. This is a storyteller figure painted in bold colors. This piece is signed.


6" Tall, 4 1/4" Wide


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