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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 Angel 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, 3 7/8" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller Angel


by Anissa Fragua


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. Anissa is the daughter of Chrislyn Fragua and the grand daughter of Linda Fragua. This piece is signed.


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


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Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery Bear


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.


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


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller


by Vernida Toya


Vernida Toya is from the Jemez Pueblo. She is the daughter of famous potter Judy Toya and the sister of potter Anite Toya. Vernida creates storytellers that are very unique to her own sense of style. In keeping with the traditions of those who first taught Vernida her skills, she uses all natural materials from her Pueblo when making her storytellers.


6 1/2" Tall, 4 1/4" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller Frog Family


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.


 4" Tall, 5 1/2" 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


Melony 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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Cochiti Pueblo Pottery Bear


by Edwin Herrera


Edwin Herrera “Ie-yoo-ris” is a full blooded Native American Indian. He is a member of the Oak Clan. Edwin was born in 1966 into the Cochiti Pueblo. He was inspired to learn the art of working with clay from his mother, Mary Frances Herrera. She taught him all the fundamentals of working with clay, using the ancient traditional methods passed on to her from their ancestors during the process. He began experimenting with clay in the early 1980’s while attending High School. This was his means of making money so that he could attend school dances, games, and other school functions.

 

He is currently one of the few pottery artists that currently continue the long lived family tradition of working with clay pottery. He admired the artistic style of other artisans and motivated himself to create his own unique style of art. This piece is signed.


5 1/2" Tall, 4 1/4" Long


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Santa Clara Hand Coiled Pottery Owl


An adorable handmade owl from the Santa Clara pueblo. This piece is signed by the artist.


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


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Jemez Pueblo Clown 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. Lupe signs her pottery as: L Lupe L Lucero.


4" Tall, 3 1/2" Wide


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Jemez Pueblo Storyteller


by Genevieve Davis


Genevieve is a Jemez Pueblo artist well known for her effigy pottery, most notably pigs and owls, which she paints with intricate designs. Her storytellers are a rare treat and we are always happy when one comes in the door. This beautifully crafted piece is finished with a small hand coiled and painted piece of pottery. Signed by the artist.


6 1/8" Tall, 4 1/2" Wide


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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. 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.


7 7/8" Tall, 3 3/8" Long


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