American Indian Storytellers
Slide 0: Angie Bailon Storyteller Doll
Angie Bailon Storyteller Doll
Made entirely by hand by Santo Domingo Pueblo potter Angie Bailon, this one-of-a-kind Angie Bailon Storyteller Doll depicts a mother holding four children. Fashioned from hand-gathered pueblo clay, this Storyteller Doll is beautifully hand-painted with natural pigments. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 1: Chrislyn Fragua Storyteller Doll
Chrislyn Fragua Storyteller Doll
Young Jemez Pueblo storyteller artist Chrislyn Fragua fashioned this Storyteller Doll completely by hand—from the locally gathered clay and natural paint materials to the final seated figurine holding a single child. Truly one-of-a-kind, this charming Chrislyn Fragua Storyteller Doll is completely finished—front, sides and back. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 2: Joyce Lucero Storyteller Doll
Joyce Lucero Storyteller Doll
Known and appreciated for the variety of expressions on the faces of her storyteller doll children, this delightful Joyce Lucero Storyteller Doll by Jemez Pueblo artist Joyce Lucero is a one-of-a-kind work of art. Shaped from coils of locally gathered clay, fired over an outdoor kiln, and hand-painted with pigments made from natural materials, this Joyce Lucero Storyteller Doll holds 2 children. Fully finished on the sides and back as well as the front, the seated mother extends her moccasin-clad legs out and to the side from her traditional dress. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 3: Judy Lewis Storyteller Doll
Judy Lewis Storyteller Doll
An Acoma Pueblo clay sculptor, Judy Lewis employs the traditional methods of her people to create her storyteller dolls, like this enchanting Judy Lewis Storyteller Doll. A one-of-a-kind artwork, this Judy Lewis Storyteller Doll is a young, seated mother who holds a clay vase while a boy sits on her shoulder, a girl hangs from her neck, and a kitten perches on her head. The fully finished hand-coiled and hand-pinched figure (front, back, and sides) is painted in her signature pastels made from natural pigments. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 4: Judy Toya Storyteller Doll
Judy Toya Storyteller Doll
This one-of-a-kind Judy Toya Storyteller Doll depicts a grandmother with a granddaughter and grandson on her lap, respectively holding a clay bird and a clay pot, while a third grandchild holds onto and peers over her head. Creating a fully sculpted work of art, Jemez Pueblo potter Judy Toya coils and shapes her figures from locally gathered clay, fires them over an open kiln, then hand-paints them with natural pigments. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 5: Mary Lucero Navajo Lady Storyteller Doll
Mary Lucero Navajo Lady Storyteller Doll
Jemez Pueblo clay artist Mary Lucero handmade this lovely Navajo Lady Storyteller Doll, who holds two young children and a lamb. Using the knowledge and skills taught to her by her grandmother Magnita, the artist gathers the clay from the Jemez Pueblo hills and the natural materials and pigments from pueblo sacred grounds. She then shapes her figure before firing it outdoors over an open kiln. Fully finished on all sides, this Mary Lucero Navajo Lady Storyteller Doll is handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 6: Mary Lucero Storyteller Doll
Mary Lucero Storyteller Doll
This touching Mary Lucero Storyteller Doll depicts a young mother wearing a manta, a dress, leggings, and moccasins while cradling a very young child. Made entirely by hand by Jemez Pueblo clay artist Mary Lucero, this beautiful Storyteller Doll showcases the skills taught to Mary by her grandmother Magnita. She gathers the clay from the Jemez Pueblo hills and the natural materials and pigments from pueblo sacred grounds. She then shapes her figure before firing it outdoors over an open kiln. Fully finished on all sides, this Mary Lucero Storyteller Doll is handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 7: Mona Teller Storyteller Doll
Mona Teller Storyteller Doll
Award-winning Isleta Pueblo artist Mona Teller pinches, coils, and paints the clay by hand before fining it outdoors in the traditional way, then uses natural pigments gathered from the Isleta Pueblo to hand-paint this Mona Teller Storyteller Doll in her signature cream, peach, and gray palette. Fully finished on all sides, this joyful Storyteller Doll depicts a mother holding three children. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 8: Phyliss Nez Storyteller Doll
Phyliss Nez Storyteller Doll
An accomplished Navajo Nation storyteller artist, Phyliss Nez focuses on the face of the storyteller, as in this engaging Phyliss Nez Storyteller Doll. Phyliss makes her one-of-a-kind Phyliss Nez Storyteller Dolls (like this festive woman with three cats) entirely by hand, using the techniques taught her by Felicita Eustace of the Cochiti Pueblo—coiling the hand-gathered clay, shaping it, painting it with natural pigments, and firing it outdoors over an open kiln. Handcrafted in New Mexico.