Buffy Cordero is the granddaughter of Helen Cordero, who was most famous for her storytellers. Buffy learned the art of making traditional storytellers from Helen and went on to become an award winning potter in her own rite before pursuing other career choices.
This storyteller is a male drummer (modeled after Buffy’s grandfather) complete with drum and stick. His eyes are closed and his mouth is open, as if in the middle of a story or a song. He is dressed in traditional clothing, including a bolo tie and cuff bracelet. It is unusual that his legs are crossed as he comfortably sits with a small child on his lap. Crossed legs are not often seen in storytellers, although Buffy occasionally made them that way. The child has a drum and a stick to beat time as he tells his story. This is a wonderful example of the talents of Helen Cordero’s influence on her granddaughter’s pottery—there are wonderful details on both figures.
Condition: Very fine; both drum beaters have been replaced and there are a few very minor scratches in the paint appropriate for age.
Provenance: Originally purchased from the artist in Santa Fe.