Damacia Cordero

Cochiti Pueblo

Damacia Cordero (1905-1989) began producing pottery for the market in the 1920s. In the 1950s she began making storytellers but her style was evocative of much older traditions: they tended to have elongated straight torsos, long arched noses extending down from the hairline, and large protruding ears that sometimes resembled fins or wings. She also did minimal modeling of her adults' arms and her baby figures.

Damacia's mother was Lucinda Suina, her daughters: Marie Laweka, Josephine Arquero, Martha Arquero and Gloria Herrera. While she taught her daughters the ancient art she also taught others, including Dorothy Trujillo.


Polychrome deer figure
Polychrome deer figure
5.5 in H by 10 in Dia
Child in the arms of a singing man with a second child in a crib
Singing Man with child in arms and second child in crib
7.75 in H by 4 in Dia
Measurement of Singing Man
A barnyard pig figure
A pig figure
2.75 in H by 7.25 in Dia

Cochiti Pueblo Potters