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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 Made Pottery


by B.J. Fragua


This young potter is the daughter of Juanita Fragua, one of the potters responsible for the renaissance of Jemez pottery. B J works in a style somewhat reminiscent of her mother's but it has a more contemporary feel. She is one of the best young potters to emerge from Jemez Pueblo in recent years and many awards testify to this fact. B J also has a sister, Glendora Fragua, who is a also a very talented and recognized potter and a brother, Clifford Fragua, one of the best known Indian sculptors. She is a member of a very talented family. This piece is signed by BJ.


6" Tall , 4 1/2" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Hand Coiled Wedding Vase


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.


8" Tall , 4 5/8" Wide 


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Jemez Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Joseph Fragua


Joseph Fragua is a full blooded Native American Indian. He was born into the Jemez Pueblo in 1977. Joseph was inspired to learn the art of working with natural clay by assisting Sharon Sarracino construct her pottery. Sharon shared with Joseph all the fundamentals of working with clay and using the ancient traditional methods of hand coiling just like their ancestors before them. Joseph was quoted as saying: “I enjoy working with clay because it is a part of me that I am giving to the world, and the reactions on the faces of those who admire my work inspire me to become more creative with my ideas”. Joseph specializes in contemporary hand coiled pottery. He gathers his raw clumps of clay from within the Jemez Pueblo. He breaks down the clumps of clay and cleans the fine sands of clay for impurities. Then, Joseph hand mixes the clay with sand and water, then, he begins the hand coiling process by rolling the clay into snake like coils and begins hand building a clay vessel. Once the vessel is built he sets the piece out to dry, this is a crucial stage because if it dries to quickly the vessel may crack. Once the vessel has dried, he sands his piece down to give it a smooth finish. Then, he begins the painting process with a stem of a yucca plant that has been fashioned into a brush.

 

His designs include flowers hummingbirds, butterflies, eagle feathers, and intricate geometric designs. He on occasion with hand sculpt a kachina maiden with a beautiful head dress on his pottery. Finally, when the painting is done he fires his pottery in a kiln so that the painting doesn’t rub off. Joseph enjoys hand coiling all types of clay art. He accepts new challenges eagerly. He signs his pottery as: Fragua, Jemez. He is related to: Margaret Toya (grandmother).


9 1/2" Tall with lid, 3 1/2" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller


by Linda Fragua


Linda Lucero Fragua lives in Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico. Linda was born into the Lucero family, daughter to Joe and Rebecca, another famous potting family of Jemez, before she married into the renowned Fragua family. The exceptionally beautiful storytellers and babies with their expressive eyes and precious animated faces are easily identified as Linda's work. Linda's work can be seen in Pueblo and Navajo Contemporary Pottery by Guy Berger and Nancy Schiffer.


6 3/8" Tall, 5 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 Hand Coiled Pottery


by Rebecca Gachupin


Born November 17, 1955 to Andrea Tsosie, Rebecca has been working with pottery for 20 years. She combines the designs from the Zia Pueblo with those of her home, Jemez Pueblo. She does not enter her work for competition. This piece is signed.


5 3/8" Tall, 6 3/4" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Benjamin & Geraldine Toya


Benjamin Toya, in collaboration with his wife, Geraldine Toya, created this beautiful, fine line eye dazzler. He is of the Acorn Clan and has been making fine line, polychrome jars, vases wedding vases and bowls since 1985. "Ben and Geraldine Toya are noted for their large fine line black-on-white with polychrome highlights. They have been rewarded for their efforts winning Best of Show and Best of pottery at the New Mexico State Fair." Gregory Schaaf, Southern Pueblo Artists: 2000 Artist Biographies.


6" Tall, 7" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Pottery


by Marie Chinana


Marie is a Jemez Pueblo artist who works with traditional methods. She uses all natural materials collected from the Jemez Pueblo. Marie specializes in a stone polished redware and then handpaints different designs that are significant to her. She is the daughter of Martha Toya and has 17 years of experience. This piece is signed.


3 1/4" Tall, 3 7/8" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller Santa


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.


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


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 working with clay 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.


5 7/8" Tall, 3 1/4" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Pottery


by Marcella Yepa


Marcella Yepa, member of the Sun Clan, is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born into the Jemez Pueblo in 1964. Marcella began working with clay at the age of 19. She was inspired to learn the art of working with clay from her aunt, Alvina Yepa. Alvina shared with Marcella all the fundamentals of hand coiling traditional pottery. She also taught her which hills provided the best clay to work with and special techniques to construct her art. The lucrative aspect also inspired Marcella to become an artisan. However, establishing her own unique style of art gave her a feeling of self worth.


Marcella specializes in hand coiled contemporary swirl and melon styled pottery. She gathers her clay and other natural pigments within the Jemez Pueblo. She soaks the clay, grinds it to a powder form, cleans the clay, hand mixes, hand coils, shapes, carves the pottery, polishes her pottery with a stone, and fires her pottery outdoors with cedar chips. She hand coils many shapes and sizes of pottery like wedding vases, ollas, and traditional shapes. She signs her pottery as: M. Yepa, Jemez, or Marcella Yepa, Jemez. She is related to the following artists: Emma Yepa (cousin), and Lawrence Yepa.


9 1/2" Tall, 6 1/2" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Pottery Storyteller


by Carol Lucero-Gachupin


Carol Lucero-Gachupin, is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born into the Pueblo of the Jemez, in 1958. Carol was inspired to learn the art of hand coiling pottery by Marie Romero, who is well known for making pottery and storytellers. Carol specializes in the Navajo/Hopi, handmade butterfly storytellers. Her styles of storytellers have a nice blanket wrapped around the dolls, or she will make them with a flared skirt.

 

Carol gathers and sifts her own clays and hand shapes them to her liking, and then fires her figures, outdoors, the traditional way. Carol was quoted as saying: “I love making storytellers because, it reminds me of my grandparents telling us stories when we were growing up.” She signs her storytellers as: Lucero-Gachupin followed by a kiva step symbol. Carol is related to the following artists: Marie Romero, Mary Lucero, and Diane Lucero.


8 3/8" Tall , 3 3/8" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Pottery Owl Storyteller


by Emily Fragua-Tsosie


Emily Fragua-Tsosie, “Corn Pollen”, was born in 1951 into the Pueblo of the Jemez. Emily was inspired by her mother and grandmother to hand coil and pinch clay sculptures, at the age of 12. They encouraged and motivated her to learn the art of working with clay so that she could add to the long lived tradition of constructing art, using ancient methods.

 

Emily was taught where to gather the clay, clean, sift, shape, mold, paint, and fire her pottery, outdoors. By the late 1960’s she started making her own corn dolls and other sculptures. People often ask what her favorite type of art to make is and she replys, “Everything I create is a favorite piece because I created it.” Emily specializes in storytellers and corn maidens. She signs her pottery as: E. Fragua Tsosie, Jemez.


7 1/2" Tall , 4 5/8" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Pottery Storyteller


by Emily Fragua-Tsosie


Emily Fragua-Tsosie, “Corn Pollen”, was born in 1951 into the Pueblo of the Jemez. Emily was inspired by her mother and grandmother to hand coil and pinch clay sculptures, at the age of 12. They encouraged and motivated her to learn the art of working with clay so that she could add to the long lived tradition of constructing art, using ancient methods.

 

Emily was taught where to gather the clay, clean, sift, shape, mold, paint, and fire her pottery, outdoors. By the late 1960’s she started making her own corn dolls and other sculptures. People often ask what her favorite type of art to make is and she replys, “Everything I create is a favorite piece because I created it.” Emily specializes in storytellers and corn maidens. She signs her pottery as: E. Fragua Tsosie, Jemez.


7 1/8" Tall , 3" Wide


Suggested Retail $260.00 / Your Price: $195.00


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