Robin Teller Hopi Girls With Basket Storyteller

Item No: 27241

$ 660.00

  • Handcrafted by Isleta potter Robin Teller, this one-of-a-kind storyteller depicts a female Hopi elder with two children and baskets in her lap. As in traditional storytellers, the figures are shown with open mouths to represent the act of storytelling. The children appear to be learning the craft of basket-weaving, evoking the image of a mother passing down traditions to her children. The figurine was formed by hand from natural clay, then hand-painted with beautiful earth, cream, peach, and teal tones. Through this lovely figurine Teller carries on her family’s legacy and an important art of Isleta Pueblo.
    • Storyteller handmade by Robin Teller (Isleta Pueblo)
    • Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
    • Storyteller measures 3-1/2” high x 2-1/2” long x 3-3/4” wide
    • Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity

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  • Born in 1954, Robin Teller of Isleta Pueblo is the daughter of Stella Teller, an artist actively fashioning pottery since 1962. Teller has been making pottery from roughly 1988 forward, including storytellers, nativity groupings, human and animal figures, polychrome jars, and bowls.
  • Today there are very few artists creating traditional pottery in Isleta Pueblo, and Isleta pottery is one of the most difficult to find of all types of Pueblo pottery. Very little is known about the history of pottery production in Isleta Pueblo. Historically, Isleta artisans made heavy redware similar to Ohkay Owingeh but eventually moved to polychrome, a style introduced by Laguna Pueblo potters who came to Isleta in the late 19th century. Traditional pottery-making nearly died out in the 20th century but was revitalized in the 1980s by Stella Teller and her family, known for their exquisite handmade figurines and storytellers. Caroline Carpio is another prominent potter who has won acclaim for her elegant contemporary fine art pottery. With so few Isleta artists creating pottery using natural clay and traditional methods, any piece is a rare and valuable work of art.
  • 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 one of the most exciting, colorful and successful pottery forms.

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