Cochiti Tourist Couple by Martha Arquero

February 3, 2011By Lyn Fox No Comments

I found this delightful pair of tourist figures on Martha Arquero’s table at the 2010 Indian Market very early Saturday morning.  Martha is one of Damacia Cordero’s daughters and, like her mother, has long been known for her delightful human and animal figures.  One of Marth’s figures, a kangeroo storyteller from about 1980, is illustrated … Read More

Cochiti Drummer Figure by Teresita Romero, c. 1955

February 3, 2011By Lyn Fox No Comments

This is an exceedingly rare and wonderful male Cochiti drummer by Tesesita Romero.  Teresita was one of only a very small group of potters making figures prior to 1950.  In describing a drawing of three pre-1960 “Singing Lady” figures from the Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of NM (Figure 8 on page 19  of their book … Read More

Laguna Polychrome Olla, c. 1875

February 1, 2011By Lyn Fox No Comments

This is a simply suberb Laguna polychrome water jar dating to the mid-1880’s or earlier.  It is painted orange and black against a creamy white slip that forms a luscious backdrop for the classic Laguna design.  The all-over abstract design features bisected leaf forms and triangles with “eyes” that help to keep the design light … Read More

Cochiti Singing Mother by Maria Laweka, c. 1960

February 1, 2011By Lyn Fox No Comments

This is a very rare example of Maria Laweka’s work.  Maria is a daughter of Damacia Cordero and was born around 1930.  This piece is good sized, 7″ tall by 6 1/4″ deep.   It is another fine and unusual example from the collection of Rutt Bridges. Much of what I love about earlier Cochiti … Read More

Cochiti Singing Mother by Marie Laweka, c. 1960

January 28, 2011By Lyn Fox No Comments

This singing mother by Maria Laweka, daughter of Damacia Cordero, is a wonderful example of the simplicity and warmth that I love so much about earlier Cochiti figures.  This singing mother holds two babies in her arms and, with her head tilted back, sings from her heart .  This piece has nice size, 7″ tall … Read More

Jemez Storyteller with 8 Babies by Marie G. Romero

January 28, 2011By Lyn Fox No Comments

According to Barbara Babcock in her book The Pueblo Storyteller, Marie Romero and her mother Persingula Gachupin made the first storytellers at Jemez Pueblo.  Marie became instrumental in expanding storyteller creation at the pueblo during her years in the 1070’s teaching pottery making at Jemez Day School. This lovely piece is typical of her work … Read More

Cochiti Storyteller with 10 Children by Dorothy Trujillo

January 28, 2011By Lyn Fox No Comments

Dorothy Trujillo was from Jemez Pueblo, but achieved fame as a figurative potter once she moved to Cochiti where her husband was from.  She did large pieces (this one is 8″ tall and 5 1/2″ deep) often with wonderful detail.  This one, dating to perhaps 1980 has 10 animated and sleepy babies.  The mother’s dress … Read More