Damacia Cordero

Damacia Cordero (1905-1989) began producing pottery for the market in the 1920's. In the 1950's she began making storytellers, but her style is evocative of much older traditions: they tend to have elongated straight torsos, long arched noses extending down from the hairline, and large, protruding ears that sometimes resemble fins or wings. She also did minimal modeling of adult arms and of baby figures.

Damacia's mother was Lucinda Suina, her daughters: Marie Laweka, Josephine Arquero, Martha Arquero and Gloria Herrera. While she taught her daughters the ancient art she also taught others, including Dorothy Trujillo.

Polychrome deer figure
Polychrome deer figure
5 1/2 in H by 10 in Dia
Child in the arms of a singing man with a second child in a crib
Singing Man with child in arms and second child in crib
7 3/4 in H by 4 in Dia
Measurement is of Singing Man
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery