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Marlene Tenorio Vallo

Marlene Tenorio-Vallo was born in 1963 to the Pueblo of Santa Ana. She was inspired to hand craft ceramic pottery by her husband, Nathaniel Vallo. He taught her how to paint and etch her pottery. She has been etching intricate designs on pottery since 1988. The lucrative aspect of the business was also a great inspiration for Marlene to continue a long lived family tradition.

Marlene specializes in the Acoma styled etched ceramic pottery, featuring Kokopelli (god of fertility), geometric designs, animals, dancers, and mimbres designs. She thoroughly enjoys using her imagination on her pottery. Her inspiration comes from Mother Nature and the circle of life. Marlene was quoted as saying: “The beauty of nature fills her heart and mind, then the thoughts becomes reality on my pottery.” Marlene signs her pottery as: M. Tenorio- Kokopelli The “Flute” Player, Santa Ana, NM.

Marlene is related to the following artists: the late Ruth M. Tenorio (mother) and Lena Garcia.