Pueblo: Acoma Cochiti Pueblo

Ivan Lewis was the son of famous Acoma potter, Lucy M. Lewis. He never made pottery while living at Acoma, and only started making it after marrying Rita and moving to her pueblo of Cochiti.

Ivan and Rita were married in 1944 while he was serving in the military. Upon returning from military service, he moved to Cochiti Pueblo where he spent the remainder of his life. Ivan began making pottery in the Cochiti style around 1977. His specialty was figurines, especially cowboys.  Ivan and Rita often collaborated as a pottery-making team becoming well-known for the story teller figures.

Adapted from: Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2000 Biographies by Gregory Schaff