Bryans Gallery

Southwest Native American Arts and Jewelry in Taos since 1982

  • Pottery
  • Jemez Koshare Storyteller by Chris Fragua

Jemez Koshare Storyteller by Chris Fragua

275.00
ChrisFragua.jpg
ChrisFragua.1.jpg
ChrisFragua.2.jpg
ChrisFragua.4.jpg
ChrisFragua.3.jpg
ChrisFragua..jpg
ChrisFragua.5.jpg

Jemez Koshare Storyteller by Chris Fragua

275.00

Storyteller by Chris Fragua of Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico; clay pottery, hand-painted; Kachari clown with two babies and a chicken sitting on top of the head. 

Approx: 7.75 x 4.25" x 4"

More Info

Add To Cart

Storyteller by Chris Fragua of Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico; clay pottery, hand-painted; Kachari clown with two babies and a chicken sitting on top of the head. 

Approx: 7.75 x 4.25" x 4"

Chris Fragua

Christino Fragua was born in 1943 in the Jemez Pueblo and was taught the art of using the clay to create playful works of art by his mother, Grace Fragua and his Grandmother Emilia. He has been making pottery since 1955.Chris gathers his clay from the grounds around the Pueblo of Jemez and constructs his art in the traditional way, uses natural slips and fires his pottery outdoors when whether permits but in a kiln during the winter. He has frequently collaborated with his wife Vera Fragua. He specializes in animals (whether it be dogs, cats, buffalo or bears) and humorous figures, in the tradition of Jemez storytellers. He is particularly fond of Dalmatian storytellers with pups. He has a sense of humor and sensitivity for animals. He also produces Kosharis, mudheads, Santa's and Nativities. Chris' pottery has been distinguished with prestigious wards s

Storytellers

Figurative pottery comes from an old tradition. Prehistoric potters made several different animal and human forms. The Spanish clergy, who arrived in New Mexico, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were zealous in destroying these pieces. A result of this persecution was a 400 year gap in Middle Rio Grande figurative pottery pieces. There is no evidence of these pieces from the 1500’s to 1875.

Helen Cordero created the first storyteller in 1964. Before Helen, there was a figure called the singing mother that had one child on the lap.  Helen modeled her figure on her grandfather, and had five children climbing on him, and the modern storyteller was born. In 1965 Helen took first place with one of her storytellers at SWAIA’S Santa Fe Indian Market.  By 1979, there were ten storyteller potters and their numbers grew rapidly. Today, families have trademark features on their storytellers. The form of the figure, a facial expression, traditional slips and contemporary colors set their pieces apart from each other.  Some families create animals, some human forms both male and female. Artists usually set their prices by the number of children on each storyteller.