Rita Lewis Storyteller with Four Babies


Item Number: DR 254
Pueblo: Cochiti Pueblo
Artist: Rita Lewis and Ivan Lewis
Medium: Clay and pigment
Dimensions: 6″ x 3 3/4″



In this wonderful figurine, there are two children sitting in the arms of the storyteller and one clinging to the shoulder and another one sitting on a knee.   The storyteller is dressed in traditional clothing with a necklace and bracelets, and side buttoned moccasins.  Rita always painted with precise beautiful brush strokes using. The two female children also have jewelry on. This is a beautiful storyteller. Rita Lewis always made her storytellers in true traditional fashion, using Cochiti clay, slip, and vegetal paints and firing the pieces outdoors. The creamy ivory slip was applied in an even manner and black and red paint were carefully rendered to depict the faces as well as the details of the clothing.

Storyteller figurines by Rita Lewis are sought after by collectors because of their fine detail. It is signed on the underside Rita and Ivan Lewis.

In the first decade following the creation of the storyteller figurine by Helen Cordero in 1964, only a very few potters at Cochiti produced the figurines. Rita Lewis was one of those potters, and her storytellers are highly prized by collectors.

Rita Lewis, the daughter of famous potter Ascencion Banada, married Ivan Lewis, son of famous potter Lucy Lewis. They began making bowls and animal figurines around 1971, and storyteller figurines around 1973. Rita continued making storyteller figurines until she passed away in 1991.

Condition: Excellent
Provenance: Maintained in the same private family gallery since originally purchased from Rita and Ivan Lewis, who were close personal friends.

Additional information

Weight 25 oz