Judy Lewis

Photo of Judy Lewis
Judy Lewis

Judy Lewis was born into Acoma Pueblo in 1966 and has been making pottery since 1986. Her primary mentor in learning to make pottery was her sister, Marilyn Ray Lewis.

Judy is a member of one of the two non-related Lewis families at Acoma Pueblo: the Lucy Lewis family is the more well known dynasty­ while the descendants of Katherine Lewis (Marilyn Ray, Rebecca Lucario, Bernard and Sharon Lewis, Carolyn Concho, Diane Lewis and Judy Lewis) have been responsible for some of the most innovative pottery to be produced at Acoma. Each member of her family has carved out their own particular niche: Judy's niche is one where she creates corn maiden, storyteller, and friendship bowl figures with detailed facial expressions. She adds joyous dispositions to some by making accents with raised bluebirds, butterflies, cats, dogs, lizards and ladybugs.

In Native American art, a storyteller refers to a ceramic figure adorned with smaller figures of children. In Pueblo society, a storyteller is a real person who communicates the legends of the culture and helps to keep the oral history of the people. The first pottery storyteller figure was made by Helen Cordero (of Cochiti Pueblo) around 1964, in honor of her grandfather, a great storyteller. The concept soon spread to the other pueblos, each exhibiting their own distinctive and delightful expressions of the intense love all Pueblo people have for their children. Female figures represent a mother or grandmother singing or telling stories to children, that "singing" represented by the open mouth.

Judy's hand-pinched and hand-coiled contemporary shapes are accented with traditional Acoma designs and natural pigments in a crisp pastel coloration. Natural clay tends to be very white in the Acoma area and that gives her finished pieces a radiance in itself.

Over the years Judy has won numerous awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show.

Judy signs her work: "Judy Lewis, Acoma, N.M."

Traditional designs on a storyteller with four children
Polychrome storyteller with four children, cat, birds and traditional designs
7 in H by 6 in Dia
Several raised features on a polychrome stroyteller with two children
Polychrome storyteller with two children, cat, birds, butterfly, ladybug and Mimbres designs
4 in H by 3 in Dia
Two children, ladybug, cat and butterfly on a polychrome storyteller
Polychrome storyteller with two children, butterfly, cat and ladybug
5 in H by 4 in L by 3 in W
Four children with birds and butterflies on a storyteller figure
Polychrome storyteller with four children, birds and butterflies
7 1/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Two children, cat, birds, ladybugs and butterflies on a polychrome storyteller
Polychrome storyteller with two children, cat, birds, butterflies, ladybugs and bowl
4 1/2 in H by 5 in Dia
Four children, cat, birds and butterfly on a storyteller
Storyteller with four children, cat, birds and butterfly
7 in H by 6 in Dia
Two children, a cat, a bird and butterflies on an Acoma storyteller
Acoma storyteller with two children, a cat, a bird and butterflies
2 3/4 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
Two children, birds, butterfly, lizard and puppy on a storyteller
Storyteller with two children, butterfly, puppy, birds and lizard
2 3/4 in H by 3 in Dia
Cat, bird, butterfly, lady bugs and three children on a  female storyteller
Female storyteller with three children, a cat, a bird, a butterfly and two lady bugs
5 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Three children, puppy, bird and ladybug on a storyteller
Storyteller with three children bird, ladybug and a puppy
2 1/2 in H by 2 1/4 in Dia
Three children, kitten, bird and ladybug on a storyteller
Storyteller with three children, bird, kitten and a ladybug
2 1/2 in H by 2 3/4 in Dia
Three children, a puppy, a bird and a ladybug on a storyteller
Storyteller with three children, a ladybug, a bird and a puppy
3 1/2 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Three children, a butterfly and two ladybugs on a storyteller
Storyteller with three children, two ladybugs and a butterfly
4 1/2 in H by 4 in Dia
Three children, a cat and a bird on a storyteller
Storyteller with three children, a bird, a cat and a ladybug
3 in H by 2 3/4 in Dia
Three children on a female storyteller
Female storyteller with three children
4 in H by 3 3/4 in Dia
Three children on a female storyteller
Female storyteller with three children
4 1/2 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
Two children, bird, cat butterfly and a tablita on a storyteller
Storyteller figure with two children, cat, bird, butterfly and a tablita
4 in H by 2 3/4 in Dia
Two children, a cat and a butterfly on a female storyteller
Storyteller figure with two children, a butterfly and a cat
3 1/2 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
2 children, butterfly, birds, lady bug and a puppy on a storyteller
Storyteller with 2 children, a puppy, butterfly, lady bug and birds
3 1/2 in H by 3 in Dia
Two children, pot, bird, cat and butterflies on a storyteller
Storyteller figure with two children, pot, cat, birds and butterflies
6 in H by 5 in Dia
Two children, a cat, a bird a butterfly and a tablito on a female storyteller
Storyteller figure with two children, a bird, a butterfly, a cat and a tablito
4 1/4 in H by 3 in Dia
2 children, butterfly, birds, lady bug and a cat on a storyteller
Storyteller with 2 children, a cat, butterfly, lady bug and birds
2 1/2 in H by 2 in Dia
2 children, butterfly, bird, lady bug and a kitten on a storyteller
Storyteller with 2 children, a kitten, butterfly, lady bug and bird
2 3/4 in H by 2 1/4 in Dia
Two children, bird, cat, butterfly and lady bug on a storyteller
Storyteller figure with two children, cat, bird, lady bug and butterfly
2 3/4 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery