“I love making storytellers because, it reminds me of my grandparents telling us stories when we were growing up.”
So says this well-known and highly collected potter from Jemez Pueblo, who specializes in this charmingly relatable genre.
Her pieces are recognized by their high level of precise, elegant and sophisticated painting, and detail.
This beautiful mother and daughter figure shows Mama (or Grandma, or Auntie ) in full voice, telling the little girl a story.
On her lap, the happy little girl holds a large pottery plate, with a graphic design, while her doll balances on the adult’s dress.
Traditionally made, the clay is gathered locally, mixed, formed, smoothed and painted by hand, and pit-fired.
Natural clay slips, wild spinach-steeped black, and accents of commercial turquoise paint create a vibrant palette.
The features and details are handsome and sharply defined, with well-defined contrasts.
This lady is all dressed up, with a blouse beneath her traditional black manta dress, ceremonial white moccasins, turquoise nugget necklace and manta pin, at the embroidered hem.
Warmly wrapped in a nicely decorated blanket, she holds firmly to her little listener.
The smiling little girl wears two turquoise rings, and has long braids spilling over her shoulders.
A beautiful storyteller, beautifully made.