Folk Art

Red tree design on a brown jar with a geometrically cut rim
Navajo Folk Art by Jonathan Chee
4 3/4 in H by 5 1/2 in D by 2 3/4 in W
Lady bug and geometric design on a polychrome chipmunk
Polychrome chipmunk by Margaret and Luther Gutierrez of Santa Clara
3 1/2 in H by 2 in Dia
Geometric design carved into a black turtle with sienna spots and sgraffito floral, butterfly and geometric design, plus inlaid turquoise
Black turtle by Melony Gutierrez of Santa Clara
3 1/2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Circus figure
A circus figure based on tales in Cochiti folklore, by Virgil Ortiz
11 3/4 in H by 7 in Dia

Most of the folk art I have seen comes from Navajo Nation potters. Some Cochiti Pueblo potters make animal and human figures, many of the human fuigures inspired by stories of a derailmanet of a Ringling Brothers Circus train back in the 1920's. Some Cochiti potters also make masks. Some Santa Clara potters also make turtles, mudheads and various other animal figures. A few potters from Jemez have gotten famous for their animal figures. Some Acoma potters are known to have made turtle storyteller figures. Most potters from San Ildefonso recount that their earliest clay creations were "hornos" and there are still some of them floating around. Some Santa Clara and San Ildefonso potters also turned out all kinds of candlestick holders. I have also seen quite a few wall hanging pieces coming from Hopi potters, most likely made for the tourist trade. Almost all of the pueblos turned out ashtrays when those were in vogue among the tourists. There are also some potters from Mata Ortiz who make nothing but animal, human and dinosaur figures.

Representation of parts of the Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty figure from Mary Janice Ortiz of Cochiti Pueblo
14 3/4 in H by 8 in Dia
Measurement of largest dimensions
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome parrot effigy jar
Parrot effigy by Hopi-Tewa potter Rachel Sahmie
4 1/4 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery