Storyteller figures have been a staple of Pueblo pottery ever since Helen Cordero, a Cochiti Pueblo potter, developed the genre. Today, her works are highly collectable and highly valued.
Now, other potters from other pueblos are also creating storyteller figures.
Perhaps their attraction is their charm as creations. While they adhere to the same high standards required of all top-quality pueblo and native pottery, they also feature the creative spirit of the potter in the poses of the storytellers, the expressions on his or her faces, the costumes, the number and placement of children and the objects they are holding. Add to this the adventurous quality of potters who take their storyteller ideas into the realm of bears, cats, mice or dogs, for instnace, and you have an unlimited range of possibilties.
Everyone of them is designed to make the observer smile.
At our pottery web site, http://www.Native-PotteryLink.com we now have four pages of storyteller figures on display and for sale. There are works from the Fragua family of Jemez, Angel Bailon from Santo Domingo, Mary Small, also from Jemez, Stella Teller from Isleta, Cheyenne Jim from Navajo, Marilyn Lewis from Acoma, Linda Askin from Santa Clara, Annette Romero from Cochiti, Mirabel from Taos and others. To see them, simply click on the above link, scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on any of the "pot-links" labeled for "storytellers" (There are four of them.)
There also are some other very nice figurative pottery pieces from Andrew Rodriguez of Laguna Pueblo and Wayne Snowbird and Gary Gutierrez of Santa Clara.
If Native Jewelry is your Indian Art of choice, pay a visit to our Native Jewelry Link site, to see some gorgeous pieces by the best jewelry artists in the native community.
The artists that do this work, regardless of the genre, are absolutely fabulous in their skill and sensitivity.