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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 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. Linda's work can be seen in Pueblo and Navajo Contemporary Pottery by Guy Berger and Nancy Schiffer.


5" Tall, 21/4" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Hand Coiled 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.


7" Tall , 4" Wide 


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Acoma Pueblo Pottery Cat


by Aggie Henderson

 

Christine, “Aggie”, Henderson-Poncho was born in 1973. She is a full blooded Native American Indian. Aggie was raised in the Acoma Pueblo, but is half Apache and half Pima. Aggie began experimenting with pottery in 1985 at the age of 15. She was inspired by her Mother-in-law, Marilyn Ray-Henderson, who is one of the finest clay sculpture artists hand making storytellers today .


Aggie specializes in hand making traditional storytellers with natural paints and clays. She also makes a wide variety of various clay sculptures and will on occasion paint on ceramic pottery. Marilyn Ray-Henderson taught Aggie all the fundamentals of pottery making, like: where to dig up the clay and how to clean, mix, shape, paint, and fire her pottery sculptures using ancient methods. Aggie has perfected her pottery making skills through the years. Aggie signs her pottery as: “Aggie”, Acoma NM, followed by the year the pottery was made.


2 3/4" Tall, 3" Long


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Jemez Pueblo Hand Coiled 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.


7 1/2" Tall , 2 5/8" Wide 


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Pueblo Pottery Storyteller Nativity Set


by Mona Teller


Mona Teller, “Pa-Shawn-Thupa-Wa”, was born to the Pueblo of Isleta-Tewa in 1960. She began making clay sculptures at the age of 24. Mona was inspired to carry on the family tradition of making clay figures by the famous Stella Teller (mother) and Lynette Teller (sister), who are both well known for their contribution to the art world with their elaborate clay sculptures.

 

 Her pottery is made using natural pigments gathered from within the Isleta Pueblo. The sculptures are hand pinched, hand coiled, hand painted, and fired outdoors, the traditional way, with cow chips used for fuel. She signs her work as Mona Teller, Isleta, N.M. Mona strongly believes in continuing traditional ways of her people. She has hopes that her children will continue the family tradition of making art from pottery just like her ancestors before her.


Joseph is 4 3/8" Tall and 1 1/2" Wide. Baby Jesus figure is 1 3/4" Tall and 1 3/8" 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


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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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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Acoma Pueblo Hand Made Pottery Wedding Vase


by Judy Lewis


Judy Lewis is a full blooded Native American Indian from the Pueblo of Acoma and she was born in 1966. She has been making pottery since 1986. Judy was inspired to continue the family tradition of clay sculpting by observing many of her family members. She was especially motivated by the passion and ambition that her sister, Marilyn Ray-Lewis, showed towards working with clay, and the assistance that she gave to her. Judy hand coils pottery, vases, and storytellers using the methods of her ancestors. She only uses natural pigments for clay and paints. Judy has developed a style of her own. She hand pinches and hand coils a contemporary shape with traditional designs and colors. As with the entire family the colors have a crisp but soft pastel look to them. Judy is related to the following artists: Kathy Lewis (mother), Carolyn Concho Lewis (sister), and Sharon Lewis (sister). She signs her art work as Judy Lewis, Acoma, N.M.


8 1/2" Tall, 3 5/8" 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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Acoma Pueblo Pottery Owl


by Regina Leno


This beautiful piece features a traditional geometric designs in black and orange. Signed R. Leno by the Acoma pueblo artist.


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


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Acoma Pueblo Pottery Owl


by Regina Leno


This beautiful piece features a traditional geometric designs in black and orange. Signed R. Leno by the Acoma pueblo artist.


7" Tall, 6 1/4" Wide


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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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Acoma Pueblo Hand Made Pottery Storyteller


by Judy Lewis


Judy Lewis is a full blooded Native American Indian from the Pueblo of Acoma and she was born in 1966. She has been making pottery since 1986. Judy was inspired to continue the family tradition of clay sculpting by observing many of her family members. She was especially motivated by the passion and ambition that her sister, Marilyn Ray-Lewis, showed towards working with clay, and the assistance that she gave to her. Judy hand coils pottery, vases, and storytellers using the methods of her ancestors. She only uses natural pigments for clay and paints. Judy has developed a style of her own. She hand pinches and hand coils a contemporary shape with traditional designs and colors. As with the entire family the colors have a crisp but soft pastel look to them. Judy is related to the following artists: Kathy Lewis (mother), Carolyn Concho Lewis (sister), and Sharon Lewis (sister). She signs her art work as Judy Lewis, Acoma, N.M.


3 5/8" Tall, 2 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.


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


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