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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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Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery Eagle


by Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez


Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez have been married since 1965, and have two sons, Paul Gutierrez Jr. and Gary Gutierrez. Dorothy was born in 1940 and is a Navajo woman. Her mother is a weaver who weaves belts. Paul Sr. was born is 1936 and is a Tewa Pueblo Indian. They are very well known for their Black Mudhead Figurines. The mudheads are now what we call "Koshares" and they take part in the Indian ceremonial dances as clowns. They are made to put a smile on your face and to remind you not to take life so seriously all of the time. Paul's parents were both well know potters by the names of Lela and Vann Gutierrez. Paul has two sisters. Margaret Gutierrez, in her late fifties, to out knowledge still makes pottery. She specializes in polychrome bowls and figurines. Paul's late sister, Pauline Gutierrez, taught him the art of pottery making. Paul's niece, Stephanie Naranjo, also makes polychrome figurines. The Gutierrez family biography can be found in many books including "The fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery," by Rick Dillingham.


3 5/8" Tall, 3 1/4" 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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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller


by Lupe Lucero-Loretto


Leonora Lupe Lucero-Loretto, “Sun Flower”, is a full blooded Native American Indian. Lupe was born in 1943. She is half Jemez and half Laguna. She began making her pottery sculptures at the age of 34. Lupe was inspired to make pottery by her sister, Dorothy Trujillo. Lupe specializes in the handmade humorous Koshari storytellers, but does not limit herself to that. She also hand coils nativity's and other clay sculptures. She gathers her own clay, sand, and other natural pigments from the hills within the Jemez pueblo, then, she cleans the clay, mixes sand with clay together, and begins to hand coil her sculptures. Lupe also paints her art with the natural colors that she hand mixes as well, and finally, she fires her art the traditional way, outdoors. She add corn stalks to add a bit of flare to her work. This piece is signed.


5" Tall, 3 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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Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery Bear Family


by Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez


Paul and Dorothy Gutierrez have been married since 1965, and have two sons, Paul Gutierrez Jr. and Gary Gutierrez. Dorothy was born in 1940 and is a Navajo woman. Her mother is a weaver who weaves belts. Paul Sr. was born is 1936 and is a Tewa Pueblo Indian. They are very well known for their Black Mudhead Figurines. The mudheads are now what we call "Koshares" and they take part in the Indian ceremonial dances as clowns. They are made to put a smile on your face and to remind you not to take life so seriously all of the time. Paul's parents were both well know potters by the names of Lela and Vann Gutierrez. Paul has two sisters. Margaret Gutierrez, in her late fifties, to out knowledge still makes pottery. She specializes in polychrome bowls and figurines. Paul's late sister, Pauline Gutierrez, taught him the art of pottery making. Paul's niece, Stephanie Naranjo, also makes polychrome figurines. The Gutierrez family biography can be found in many books including "The fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery," by Rick Dillingham.


5 1/4" Tall, 3 5/8" 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 Storyteller Pot


by Caroline Sando


Caroline specializes in Jemez Pueblo style storytellers. She uses all natural clays and natural paints to hand make her storytellers. Caroline gathers her own clay from the sacred grounds within the Jemez Pueblo. Then, she cleans, mixes, shapes, paints and fires her pottery the traditional way, outdoors, with cedar wood chips. She accents her dolls with turquoise stones to give them more of a traditional look. Her favorite ones to make are 20” or taller, because she likes the challenge of adding more detail and more children. Caroline signs her pottery as: Caroline Sando, Jemez.


10 3/4" Tall , 4 7/8" 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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Jemez Pueblo Pottery Friendship Bowl


by Judy Toya


Judy Toya is a Jemez potter who specializes in storyteller figures. She is the daughter of potter Mary Toya, and the niece of Jemez artist, Fannie Loretto. Judy was taught by her mother. She uses traditional methods to make each doll. This piece is signed.


5 1/2" Tall , 4 3/4" Wide


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