American Indian Storytellers
Slide 0: 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.
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: 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 four children. 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: Lynette Teller Storytellers
Lynette Teller Storytellers
Made entirely by hand by Isleta Pueblo potter Lynette Teller, these one-of-a-kind Lynette Teller Storytellers depict mothers holding children. Fashioned from hand-gathered Isleta Pueblo clay, these serene Lynette Teller Storytellers are hand painted with natural pigments. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 6: Judy Lewis Storyteller with Animals
Judy Lewis Storyteller with Animals
Award-winning Acoma Pueblo clay sculptor, Judy Lewis employs the methods of her ancestors to create her highly detailed handmade storyteller dolls. A one-of-a-kind artwork shaped from hand-gathered Acoma Pueblo clay, this joyful Storyteller with Animals depicts an elaborately dressed mother holding two children. Tiny birds, a lady bug and a cat perch here and there. Hand painted with natural pigments. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 7: Tim Tosa Storyteller
Tim Tosa Storyteller
Made entirely by hand by Jemez Pueblo potter Tim Tosa, this one-of-a-kind Storyteller with Five Children and Vase depicts a mother with dotted cheeks holding five very happy children and a vase. Fashioned from hand-gathered Jemez Pueblo clay, this whimsical storyteller is hand painted. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 8: Alma Toy Storyteller
Alma Toy Storyteller
Made entirely by hand by Jemez Pueblo potter Alma Toy, this one-of-a-kind Alma Toy Storyteller depicts a male figure with five children—one clinging to his head. Fashioned from hand-gathered pueblo clay, this striking Alma Toy Storyteller is hand painted with natural pigments. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 9: Lynette Teller Storyteller
Lynette Teller Storyteller
Made entirely by hand by Isleta Pueblo potter Lynette Teller, this one-of-a-kind Storyteller depicts a mother holding two children and a baby. Fashioned from hand-gathered Isleta pueblo clay, this serene Lynette Teller Storyteller is hand painted with natural pigments. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 10: Chrislyn Fragua Storyteller with Two Children
Chrislyn Fragua Storyteller with Two Children
Made entirely by hand by Jemez Pueblo potter Chrislyn Fragua, this one-of-a-kind Chrislyn Fragua Storyteller depicts a mother and two children. (The dots on the cheeks are a Chrislyn Fragua trademark.) Fashioned from Jemez Pueblo clay, this charming Storyteller with Two Children is hand painted. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Slide 11: Angel Bailon Angel Storytellers
Angel Bailon Angel Storytellers
Santo Domingo Pueblo artist, Angel Bailon (who is married to a Santo Domingo Pueblo man) is allowed to make storytellers because she was born at Jemez Pueblo. These enchanting Angel Storytellers are depicted with wings and praying hands. One-of-a-kind artworks sculpted from hand-gathered clay, these polychrome Angel Storytellers are hand painted with natural pigments. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.