Louis and Virginia Naranjo

Louis Naranjo (1932-1997) became a potter later in life, after his wife Virginia (b. 1932) suffered a stroke. She and his mother (Frances Suina) taught him how to make pottery the traditional way and he went on to innovate his line of animal storytellers, starting with the bear. He and Virginia worked for years at the comfort of their kitchen table, surrounded by children and grandchildren.

Louis and Virginia fashioned figurines of all sorts: angels, padres, storytellers, men with baseball hats, nacimientos, men and women in swimming suits with cameras around their necks, pueblo dancers, mermaids and Santa Clauses...

Two children on a polychrome coyote storyteller
Polychrome coyote storyteller with two children
5 1/4 in H by 5 in Dia
One child and an antelope on a polychrome storyteller
Polychrome storyteller with one child and an antelope
6 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Four children and a pot on a bear storyteller
Bear storyteller with four children and a pot
4 3/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Four cubs on a bear storyteller
Bear storyteller with four cubs
4 1/4 in H by 4 in Dia
Deer dancers in full dress
Three deer dancer figures in full regalia
10 3/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Measurement of largest piece
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery