Jemez potter Deborah Loretto Sandia hand crafted this darling pottery storyteller, which depicts Santa Claus holding seven children.¬† Deborah uses both the coil method and pinch method to create her pottery piece and as in traditional storytellers, Deborahs’s storytellers have their mouths open. ¬†Storytellers represent the passing down of stories orally through Pueblo tradition.¬† Signed
4¬† 3/4‚ÄĚ tall x 4¬† 1/4‚Ä≥ long x 2¬† 3/4‚Ä≥
Within the Jemez Pueblo there are many exceptional potters.¬† The work is generally characterized by the buff and red clays used, and the range of styles and subjects.¬†¬† Storyteller, figures, sgrafitto designs, wedding vases, and melon pots are a few of their favorites.¬† Before the arrival of the Spanish, Jemez was known for its traditional black-on-white ware, but production of this type of pottery died out in the early 18th century.¬† There was a revival of Jemez pottery-making in the early 20th century inspired and influenced by Zia pottery designs, but it was not until the 1960‚Äôs and 70‚Äôs that a significant number of Jemez potters began producing high-quality work using traditional methods.
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