This beautiful storyteller was created by Mona Teller, daughter of the legendary potter Stella Teller. Inspired to carry on the tradition of working with clay by her mother, Mona has made her own name in the world of Pueblo pottery as a skilled artist. She is one of only a handful of artists carrying on the pottery and storyteller legacy in Isleta.
Constructed using natural clay, this storyteller is a treasure that will be appreciated for generations. Storyteller measures 4-1/4" long, 3-1/8" wide, and 4" tall
The Teller family of Isleta Pueblo carries on the tradition of making handmade pottery using ancestral methods. For centuries Isleta artisans made pottery for utilitarian purposes and trade but in the 20th century, traditional pottery-making declined. For the Tellers, creating handmade pottery using the ancient ways is a family legacy. Stella Teller’s grandmother, Emilia Lente-Carpio, showed her pottery at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, and her mother, Felicita Carpio-Jojola, sold traditional pottery to tourists at Isleta and Albuquerque train depots. Today Stella Teller and her daughters Robin, Chris, Mona and Lynette represent an ancient tradition while developing their own unique pottery styles that have won them acclaim around the world.
Our Guarantee of Authenticity
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.