Christine Teller Isleta Turtle Bowl

Item No: 4352

$ 550.00

  • This striking bowl is a sophisticated work of fine art from award-winning Isleta Pueblo potter Christine Teller.  Teller was inspired to carry on the tradition and continue making clay sculptures by her mother, the famous Stella Teller.  She is one of only a handful of artists carrying on the pottery legacy in Isleta. Constructed by hand from natural clay, the pot features traditional designs and hand formed turtle figures on a white slip bowl. Teller is known for her  friendship pots, traditional pottery, and wedding vases using ancient methods. In this one-of-a-kind bowl, Teller has created a breathtaking work of art that will be treasured for generations.
    • Bowl handmade by Christine Teller (Isleta Pueblo)
    • Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
    • Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
    • Traditional designs and handmade turtles figures
    • Pot measures 6-1/2” high x 5-1/2” long x 6” wide
    • 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.

  • 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, legendary potter Stella Teller. Christine specializes in handmade storytellers, nativities, and clay sculptures. As a testament to her skills, she works through the clay by hand coiling each piece she creates. Christine gathers clay from the Earth within the Isleta Pueblo, sifts the clay, shapes, paints, and fires her pottery the traditional way, outdoors.
  • 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. Stella Teller’s grandmother, Emilia Lente-Carpio, showed her pottery at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, and her mother, Felicita Carpio-Jojola, sold traditional pottery to tourists at Isleta and Albuquerque train depots. Today Stella Teller and her daughters Robin, Chris, Mona and Lynette represent an ancient tradition while developing their own unique pottery styles that have won them acclaim around the world.
  • The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, 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 there are accomplished potters 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.
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