"This exquisite figurine set handcrafted by Jemez artist Chrislyn Fragua brilliantly blends the Nativity story with the beloved Storyteller figure, a type of figurative pottery pioneered by Cochiti Pueblo, and now popular among all pueblos.
Depicted in a beautiful natural palette of brown, orange, buff, and gray, the figures are shown in traditional robes, the Wise Men carrying their gifts of a basket, drum, and pottery. Each figure is made from homemade clay, molded and painted by hand.
Fragua’s Nativity set is both an inspiring celebration of faith, and a remarkable work of art that will bring Pueblo tradition and artistry into your home."
- Figurine set handmade by Chrislyn Fragua (Jemez Pueblo)
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil and pinch method
- Joseph measures 2” x 2-1/2” x 5-3/4”; Mary measures 2-3/4” x 2-1/2” x 4-1/2”; baby measures 2” x 1-7/8” x 1-3/4”; king with drum measures 1-3/4” x 3” x 5-1/2”; man with basket measures 1-7/8” x 2-1/2” x 5-3/8”; man with pottery measures 1-7/8” x 2-1/2” x 5-3/8”; cow measures 1-1/4” x 2-3/4” x 2-1/2”; lamb measures 1-1/4: x 3-1/8” x 2-1/4:
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Jemez Pueblo potters are known for their artistry and innovation, with many artists producing premium handcrafted vessels in traditional and contemporary styles. Before the arrival of the Spanish, Jemez was known for its traditional black-on-white ware, but production of this type of pottery died out in the early 18th century. Most pottery used in Jemez Pueblo after that came from nearby Zia Pueblo.
There was a revival of Jemez pottery-making in the early 20th century inspired and influenced by Zia pottery designs, but it was not until the 1960s and 70s that a significant number of Jemez potters began producing high-quality work using ancient methods. These potters developed a distinctive style of black-on-red and black- or red-on-tan, while dramatically improving their technical mastery of the form.
Since the 1980s, the popularity of handcrafted Jemez pottery has soared. Today, many artists create pots in the signature Jemez red style, but there are potters working in a range of colors and forms. Jemez potters make storytellers, wedding vases, seed pots, sgraffito-etched vessels, and more, and are widely recognized for their craftsmanship, creativity, and experimentation in design and technique.
Chrislyn Fragua (b. 1973) is an award-winning potter from Jemez Pueblo known for her exquisite handcrafted storyteller figures. She comes from a family of renowned Pueblo potters, and learned the art from her mother Linda Lucero Fragua. All of her pieces are made by hand using natural clay and pigments.