This handcrafted necklace and earring set by Angelina Bailon of Santo Domingo Pueblo is a wonderful combination of traditional storyteller-making and Santo Domingo Pueblo jewelry.
The sitting storyteller necklace features nine storytellers traditionally made with natural clay and paints gathered and processed with in the Pueblo of Santo Domingo. Bailon has also used baby olive shell and sterling silver to finish the necklace and earrings.
Bailon signed the set as AR Bailon.
- Storyteller necklace and earring set handmade by Angelina Bailon (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip and baby olive with sterling silver hook-and-eye closure
- Storyteller necklace measures 24 inches long. Each storyteller is 1 inch long, and the earrings are ¾ inch long.
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.Bailon is originally from Jemez Pueblo, but married into the Santo Domingo Pueblo where her husband, Ralph, is from. She has been making pottery since 1979. Bailon was taught by her mother, Marie Coriz, and specializes in storytellers, Nativity sets, and necklaces. She signs each piece A & R Bailon.
Santo Domingo is most known for its beautiful heishi necklaces handcrafted from shell and gemstones, but the Pueblo also has a long and distinguished tradition of beautiful handmade pottery.
The pottery of Santo Domingo can appear simpler in form and design than the work of other Pueblos, with artists often specializing in larger forms like ollas and dough bowls. The traditional Santo Domingo style features brown, black, or red designs on a buff background, often with a red base, though red-on-black and blackware pots are also made today.
Santo Domingo vessels are most easily distinguished from pottery of other Pueblos by their large, blocky, and often symmetrical designs. The Pueblo is one of the most conservative, and painting realistic animals, human figures, or other sacred symbols on pottery is discouraged. Common designs include flowers, geometric motifs such as circles and scalloped patterns, and stylized birds and animals. Today there are a number of skilled Santo Domingo potters creating elegant traditional pots, carrying on the legacy of an ancient and beautiful craft.
Native American and Pueblo people of the Southwest have been making clay pottery figures since ancient times. Their creation was discouraged by Christian missionaries and the form was not widely practiced in the 16th–19th centuries. Figurative pottery was revived in the 20th century and clay figurines have since become one of the most popular and widely collected Native American art forms.
Storytellers are a type of clay figure that is unique to the Southwest. They were developed by Helen Cordero of Cochiti Pueblo in 1963, and traditionally depict a male elder telling stories to children, all with open mouths. Cordero was inspired by the traditional “Singing Mother” figure often represented in clay, and by her grandfather, a legendary Cochiti storyteller.
In Pueblo culture, stories are passed down orally from generation to generation, and the storyteller figure represents the importance of the storytelling tradition. Today, Native artists across the Southwest create storytellers, sometimes depicting the elder and children as clowns, drummers, acrobats, cowboys, or animals, and handcrafted figurative pottery continues to be
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