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Storytellers and Figurines


Storytellers were originally created by Cochiti artist Helen Cordero in 1964. Originally, she created female figures with children in their arms and called these dolls “Singing Mothers”. They quickly gained in popularity and many other artists in Cochiti started making them as well. Helen eventually made a male figure, modeled after her Grandfather, Santiago Quintana, with children clinging to his back and in his lap. The doll had an open mouth as he was telling stories to the children. Helen believed a male doll was more appropriate, as males were traditionally the storytellers in her tribe. As time went on, more and more artists started making their own storyteller dolls, each adapting their own unique style and implementing their own beliefs based on their heritage. Today, the term storyteller refers to any human or animal figure that is covered with smaller children or animals. They have become one of the most collectible and sought after forms of clay art. Among the most notable families making storytellers today are the Fraguas of Jemez Pueblo and the Tellers of Isleta Pueblo. Judy Lewis and her sister Marilyn Ray of Acoma Pueblo have also created some incredibly intricate and collectible pieces.

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Jemez Pueblo Pottery Koshare


by Alma Concho


Alma created this adorable koshare figure using traditional methods most Jemez artists use. She uses bright colors and adorable expressions on her clown figures. This piece is signed.


4" Tall, 2 3/4" 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.


6 1/2" Tall, 3 1/8" Wide


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Pueblo Pottery Storyteller


by Lynette Teller


This handmade storyteller is from Lynette Teller, daughter of Stella Teller. Lynette uses all of the traditional pottery making methods handed down from her mother. This piece is signed.


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


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller


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


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller


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" Tall, 2 1/8" 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.


6" Tall, 4 7/8" 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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Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery Turtle Figure


by Melony Gutierrez


Melong was taught the art of pottery making by well known Santa Clara artist Sammy Naranjo, known for his stylized sgraffito designs. Melony hand formed this piece and etched it with butterfly, flower and mountain designs. Signed by the artist.


4" Tall, 7" Long, 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. It is signed by Marcus.


Momma Bear is 9" Tall, 6 1/2" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery Turtle Figure


by Melony Gutierrez


Melong was taught the art of pottery making by well known Santa Clara artist Sammy Naranjo, known for his stylized sgraffito designs. Melony hand formed this piece and etched it with butterfly, flower and mountain designs. Signed by the artist.


4" Tall, 7" Long, 4 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.


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


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Made Pottery Bear


This is a handmade bear from the Santa Clara Pueblo. This piece is signed by the artist.


3 1/4" Tall, 1 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.


5 5/8" Tall , 3" 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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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Coiled Pottery


by Julie Gutierrez


Julie was born in 1965 and has been potting since 1977. She learned to work the clay from her mother, Victoria Gutierrez, and also counts two sisters, Effie Garcia and Sally M. Gutierrez, as inspiration. Julie often makes animals and a mushroom shape of her own creation, in addition to more traditional pottery shapes. Her trademark design is a swirling sgraffito pattern that mimics flowers or a spider's web in both red- and blackware. On occasion, Julie likes to work with her husband, Johnny Tapia, also of Santa Clara. Signed by the artist.


3 1/2" Tall x 3 3/4" Long


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