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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 Hand Coiled Pottery Turtle


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 3/4" Tall , 5 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.


4 1/8" Tall , 3 1/2" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Made Turtle


by Stephanie Naranjo


Stephanie is the great-niece of world renowned artist Margaret Gutierrez. She was trained by Margaret and makes detailed polychrome figures just as her mentor has made for over 60 years. Stephanie has brought new life to her families trade and has added a unique style all her own. Each piece is signed Stephanie Naranjo.


4 1/4" Tall , 4 1/2" Long


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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 Koshare Figurine


by Margaret Gutierrez


This fine lady was one-half of the famous potting duo of Margaret and Luther. Margaret and Luther were siblings -- the children of another well known potting combination -- Lela and Van. Lela and Van created a very distinctive style based on multiple colored slips and paints and this style was continued and modified somewhat by Margaret and Luther. Upon Luther's death in 1989, Margaret continued to work with the assistance of Luther's daughter Pauline, but Pauline died shortly thereafter. Since that time, Margaret has continued the tradition alone creating fine figurines and pots in a most unique style. More information may be found in the Dillingham book "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery" page 176.


1 3/4" Tall, 1 1/4" 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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Acoma Pueblo Hand Made Pottery Cat With Kittens


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.


7 3/4" Tall, 3" Wide


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Santa Clara Pueblo Hand Made Turtle


by Stephanie Naranjo


Stephanie is the great-niece of world renowned artist Margaret Gutierrez. She was trained by Margaret and makes detailed polychrome figures just as her mentor has made for over 60 years. Stephanie has brought new life to her families trade and has added a unique style all her own. Each piece is signed Stephanie Naranjo.


3" Tall , 5" Long


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