A younger generation of the prominent Fragua family of noted potters, Chrislyn uses local clay and clay slips, in her pieces, steeping wild spinach leaves for the black and grey colors.
Every bit of the fabrication of this Nativity is traditional, and hand made, as well as very appealing.
Mary and Joseph are kneeling worshipfully, and sin03ging songs of praise and gratitude.
The Three Magi stand, bringing appropriately Pueblo gifts: a water canteen decorated with a cornstalk, symbol of happiness, good health and abundance; a ceremonial basket, and a large clay olla (pot).
Since it is winter, they are all wrapped in handsome blankets, decorated with traditional designs.
The Child, snug beneath a lovely blanket, in His cradle, joins in the singing. A cow and a sheep smile benevolently.
Large enough to be a centerpiece, but not too large to display in a variety of places, this Nativity is typical of Jemez Pueblo, and Fragua family, styles.
Carefully formed and painted, and fired in the ground, it is a sweetly reverent and charming ensemble that will grace your Christmases for years and years.