Emily Fragua Tsosie

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Emily Fragua Tsosie

Emily Fragua-Tsosie, (Corn Pollen), was born in 1951 in Jemez Pueblo. At the age of 12, she was inspired by her mother, Grace L. Fragua, and grandmother, Emilia Loretto, to make pottery sculptures. They encouraged and motivated her to learn the traditional art of working with clay so that she could add to the Jemez tradition of making art using ancient methods.

After the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, Jemez pottery production essentially stopped. The Jemez were prominent figures in the revolt and when the Spanish returned 12 years later, they made the Jemez a primary target. The Jemez, of course, resisted mightily. Similarly to how so many in central Asia responded to the Mongol invasions, the Jemez sent some folks into the nearby mountains, some prepared to stay and fight and others were sent a distance away, in this case to Hopi and Navajo country. While the fighting didn't last long, the Jemez pottery tradition went into a long slumber: there are extremely few Jemez/Towa pots from before the revolt anywhere and even less after.

In the 1920's there was an attempted revival of Jemez pottery production and that's when Emilia Loretto probably learned to make pots. The revival lasted only a few years, then went dormant again to be resurrected in the late 1950's and early 1960's. That's when Grace and then Emily got on the path.

By the late 1960’s Emily was making her own corn dolls and other sculptures. Today she specializes in storytellers, nativities (nacimientos), koshares and corn maidens. She has earned awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show, and the Gallup InterTribal Indian Ceremonial.

Emily is the sister of Carol Fragua Gachupin, Clifford Fragua, Bonnie Fragua and Chris Fragua. She taught her husband, Leonard Tsosie and their son, Darrick.

Emily signs her pottery as: "E. Fragua Tsosie, Jemez".

One child on a polychrome storyteller
Polychrome storyteller with one child
5 1/4 in H by 3 in Dia
Two children on a storyteller
Storyteller with two children
5 3/4 in H by 4 in Dia
Four children and a cat on a grandmother storyteller
Grandmother storyteller with four children and a cat
7 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
A blanket and five children on a grandmother storyteller
Grandmother storyteller with five children and a blanket
5 1/4 in H by 4 in Dia
Two children and a wedding vase on a grandmother storyteller
Grandmother storyteller figure with two children and a wedding vase in her lap
6 3/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Five children on a grnadmother storyteller
Grandmother storyteller with five children
6 1/4 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
4 children on a grandfather storyteller
Grandfather storyteller with four children in his lap
6 3/4 in H by 3 in Dia
5 children, a cat and a dog on a grandfather storyteller
Grandfather storyteller with five children, a dog and a cat
10 3/4 in H by 8 1/4 in Dia
2 children and a puppy on a grandmother storyteller
Grandmother storyteller with two children and a puppy
6 1/4 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
2 kittens and a fish on a grandmother storyteller
Grandmother storyteller holding 2 kittens and a fish
5 1/4 in H by 4 in Dia
3 children on a grandmother storyteller Grandmother storyteller with 3 children
7 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
2 children and a pot on a grandmother storyteller Grandmother storyteller holding 2 children
6 1/2 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia

Jemez Pueblo Potters