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 long lived Jemez tradition of making art using ancient methods. She is the sister of Caroline Fragua Gachupin, Clifford Fragua, Bonnie Fragua and Chris Fragua.

By the late 1960’s she started making her own corn dolls and other sculptures. Today she specializes in storytellers, nativities (nacimientos), clowns and corn maidens. She has received awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show, and the Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial. She is married to potter Leonard Tsosie.

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
Photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery