Turtle Storyteller by Vangie Suina

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By Vangie Suina (Cochiti). Approximately 3"

Mary Evangeline "Vangie" Suina was born in 1959 and has been active making pottery since the age of 22. She was taught traditional potter techniques by her mother Louise Suina.

The art form of the contemporary pottery storyteller figure has a specific origin. In the 1950's, Cochiti potter Helen Cordero (1915- 1994), along with many others, was making figures called "Singing Mothers"; seated female figures with open mouths and clinging children. Although this figure is immensely popular now, it was not considered originally a "storyteller" figure. It wasn't until 1964, when Helen modeled her grandfather in this pose that the storyteller figure was created. According to Helen, she "believes that the true storyteller is a male figure and that female figures are properly called 'Singing Mothers." (Storytellers and Other Figurative Pottery, Condone-Martin) Now the term Storyteller is a generic one for all figures of this style and includes other characters such as clowns and all types of animals- nearly any adult figure which is surrounded by children. Storyteller figures are now made by many different tribes and enjoyed by collectors the all over the world.

Turtle Storyteller by Vangie Suina

By Vangie Suina (Cochiti). Approximately 3"

Mary Evangeline "Vangie" Suina was born in 1959 and has been active making pottery since the age of 22. She was taught traditional potter techniques by her mother Louise Suina.

The art form of the contemporary pottery storyteller figure has a specific origin. In the 1950's, Cochiti potter Helen Cordero (1915- 1994), along with many others, was making figures called "Singing Mothers"; seated female figures with open mouths and clinging children. Although this figure is immensely popular now, it was not considered originally a "storyteller" figure. It wasn't until 1964, when Helen modeled her grandfather in this pose that the storyteller figure was created. According to Helen, she "believes that the true storyteller is a male figure and that female figures are properly called 'Singing Mothers." (Storytellers and Other Figurative Pottery, Condone-Martin) Now the term Storyteller is a generic one for all figures of this style and includes other characters such as clowns and all types of animals- nearly any adult figure which is surrounded by children. Storyteller figures are now made by many different tribes and enjoyed by collectors the all over the world.

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