POTTERY OF THE SOUTHWEST

Artists and Pieces from Southwestern Pottery - Anasazi to Zuni

Cochiti Pueblo

Cochiti is the birthplace of storyteller and mono figures pottery.
Traditional name: “KO-TYIT”. The Cochiti Pueblo is a small community listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is situated below Cochiti Dam just 25 miles southwest of Santa Fe, NM. The Cochiti are known for their whimsical figurative pottery style and mostly black and red on cream slips. Before 1906 the slip was grey. Popular Cochiti designs include floral abstraction, cloud and rain motifs but they are most recognized for their figural forms. From the late 18th century on the Cochiti look has been bowls and canteens with appliqué lizards and with floral designs using black and red on gray-to cream slipped pottery.

Mono figurines were created in the 1880’s, coinciding with the arrival of the missionaries when pueblo potters began sculpting Catholic Priests and Anglo missionaries out of clay. Now everything from superheroes to hippies are depicted in clay sculptures ranging from one to two feet tall. The mono figures and storytellers were not always loved and praised by all. Many serious art critics wrote about how the commercialization of art in the pueblo’s contaminated their authentic cultural tradition. This did not phase the fun spirited Cochiti people. Today, storytellers and mono figures can be seen in museums across the country. They are received as prize-winning pieces by art collectors and southwestern pottery enthusiasts alike.

Cochiti - Virginia and Louis Naranjo - Storyteller Figurines

Storyteller Figurines

Virginia and Louis Naranjo

Cochiti 676 - Edwin Herrera - Polychrome Bear Storyteller Figurine

Polychrome Storyteller Bear Figurine

Edwin Herrera Details