Lisa Holt & Harlan Reano
- Partners in pottery-making since 1999
- Holt works with Cochiti clay to sculpt pieces
- Reano paints beautiful designs as embellishment
- Best of Pottery at the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market in 2012
- Best of Pottery at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market in 2011 and 2010
- Work in collections of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Peabody Essex Museum
Lisa Holt (Cochiti Pueblo) and Harlan Reano (Santo Domingo/Kewa Pueblo) have been creating pottery together since 1999. Holt is of Cochiti Pueblo heritage on her mother’s side and comes from an illustrious family of artists, including her uncle Virgil Ortiz. She learned the art of pottery from her mother, Inez Ortiz, and her grandmother, well-known Cochiti potter Seferina Ortiz.
Holt uses clay from Cochiti Pueblo to sculpt pottery that is then painted by Reano.
Reano is Santo Domingo/Kewa on his mother’s side. His painted designs are sometimes inspired by older Santo Domingo pottery, but frequently are his own creations.
The two artists complete their collaborations by firing the pots together. When they first began collaborating nearly two decades ago, initially they specialized in figurative pottery inspired by the old Cochiti tradition of human and animal forms, including frogs, lizards, and large ollas. More recently they have expanded into pots, jars, and figures that are rooted in tradition but have a more contemporary feel to them. Learn more on holtreano.com