Dena Suina

Dena Suina
Dena Suina

Born into San Felipe Pueblo in 1961, Dena Suina grew up learning very little about working with clay. Then she married into Cochiti Pueblo in the 1980's and began to learn the traditional art from her mother-in-law, Louise Suina. Dena has been producing clay art since 1991. She has developed her own style of storytellers with very small children, fine lines and exquisite painting. She makes her storytellers in a wide variety of shapes and shapes, always with intricate details.

Eighteen children on a grandfather storyteller
Grandfather storyteller with eighteen children
6 1/2 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
22 children and a drum on a grandfather storyteller
Grandfather storyteller with 22 children and a drum
6 3/4 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Grandfather drummer storyteller with twenty tiny children
Drumming grandfather storyteller with twenty tiny children
6 3/4 in H by 5 3/4 in dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery