Jerardo and Norma Tena

Jerardo Tena Sandoval and Norma Hernandez de Tena are a husband-and-wife team who make pottery in Mata Ortiz. They seem to specialize in figures and effigies.

Gerardo learned to make pots from his mother, Sofia Sandoval de Tena, a couple decades ago. He makes the pots and does most of the painting while his wife helps by sanding and polishing. He's become known for his long-necked white miniature ollas and for his fine red and black painting.

Black and red geometric design on a resting llama figure
Resting llama figure decorated with a red and black geometric design
5 3/4 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Bird design inside with a band of geometric design around the folded rim of a polychrome jar
Folded neck on a polychrome jar with a band of geometric design around the opening and a bird design inside
6 1/4 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Geometric designs on a polychrome badger effigy
Polychrome badger effigy with geometric designs
3 1/2 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia

Mata Ortiz/Casas Grandes Potters