This beautiful turtle figurine, created by Jemez Pueblo artist Chrislyn Fragua features an adorable turtle with ladybugs, a flower, and hummingbird upon its back. Created with all-natural materials gathered within the Pueblo of Jemez, Chrislyn has created a work of art that will be cherished for years.
Chrislyn Fragua is of the Corn Clan, and has been making sgraffito jars, bowls, storytellers, figures, and nativity scenes since 1988. She was taught traditional pottery making techniques by her mother Linda M. Lucero Fragua.
Turtle measures 5-1/2 wide x 4-1/2 long x 3-1/2 tall. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
- Figurine handmade by Chrislyn Fragua (Jemez Pueblo)
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Figurine measures 3” high x 4-1/2” long x 4-1/4” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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About the Artist
My mother Linda (Lucero) Fragua was the one who taught me to make storytellers at the age of 12. When I was young, I loved watching her form her storytellers, especially when it came to painting. My mother always taught me to keep our tradition going, since her mother taught her how to make pottery (Rebecca Lucero), so I plan on teaching my kids. My storytellers are made of all-natural paints, and we try to add more to our storytellers, such as kids with drums, blankets, and baskets. We also design our blankets to make our pieces unique.
Native American and Pueblo people of the Southwest have been making clay pottery figures since ancient times. Their creation was discouraged by Christian missionaries and the form was not widely practiced in the 16th–19th centuries. Figurative pottery was revived in the 20th century and clay figurines have since become one of the most popular and widely collected Native American art forms.
Storytellers are a type of clay figure that is unique to the Southwest. They were developed by Helen Cordero of Cochiti Pueblo in 1963, and traditionally depict a male elder telling stories to children, all with open mouths. Cordero was inspired by the traditional “Singing Mother” figure often represented in clay, and by her grandfather, a legendary Cochiti storyteller.
In Pueblo culture, stories are passed down orally from generation to generation, and the storyteller figure represents the importance of the storytelling tradition. Today, Native artists across the Southwest create storytellers, sometimes depicting the elder and children as clowns, drummers, acrobats, cowboys, or animals, and handcrafted figurative pottery continues to be one of the most exciting, colorful, and successful pottery forms.Read our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.
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