Christine Teller specializes in handmade storytellers, Nativity sets, and clay sculptures, but she also makes friendship pots, traditional pottery, and wedding vases – always using the traditional methods passed down through the ages.
"Chris" utilized traditional Isleta Pueblo geometric designs on this gorgeous and symbolic wedding vase.
This beautiful, traditionally made wedding vase with all-natural paints and clay would be a wonderful gift for any newlywed couple.
- Traditional wedding vase handmade by Christine Teller (Isleta Pueblo)
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Traditional geometric design
- Wedding vase measures 10-3/4” H x 5 3/4” W x 5-1/2" L
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Christine Teller, “Pe-ou” Misty, was born into the Isleta-Tewa Pueblo in 1956. She began working with clay at the age of 17. Christine was inspired to carry on the tradition and continue making clay sculptures by her mother.
The Teller family of Isleta Pueblo carries on the tradition of making handmade pottery using ancestral methods. For centuries, Isleta artisans made pottery for utilitarian purposes and trade, but in the 20th century, traditional pottery-making declined.
For the Tellers, creating handmade pottery using the ancient ways is a family legacy. Christine Teller’s great grandmother, Emilia Lente-Carpio, showed her pottery at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, and her grandmother, Felicita Carpio-Jojola, sold traditional pottery to tourists at Isleta and Albuquerque train depots.
Christine’s mother, Stella Teller, began making pottery in the 1960s, first in the traditional Isleta style of red and black on white, and later in the signature style she developed of blue and gray on a white background with turquoise bead accents. Christine Teller carries on her family’s legacy, building upon the style developed by her mother, though with her own innovations in color and detail.
The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico is pottery. Pueblo pottery is known around the world for its remarkable beauty and craftsmanship. It has been made in much the same way for over a thousand years, with every step of creation completed by hand.
Pueblo potters do not use a wheel, but construct pots using the traditional horizontal coil method, or freely forming the shape. After the pot is formed, the artist polishes the piece with a natural polishing stone, such as a river stone, then paints it with a vegetal, mineral, or commercial slip. Finally, the pot is fired in an outdoor fire or kiln using manure or wood as fuel.
Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez, and Acoma Pueblos have distinctive pottery styles that are especially prized by collectors, but accomplished potters are working in all Pueblos.
Today, Pueblo pottery is an exciting and dynamic form, with many artists pairing traditional techniques with innovative and stylized designs. Those potters who continue to create pots using traditional methods possess an extraordinary level of skill, and their pots are highly valuable works of fine art that will be enjoyed for generations to come.Read our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase, and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer.
At a time when many commercially made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.