Rita Lewis Storyteller with Four Babies


Item Number: DR 256
Pueblo: Cochiti Pueblo
Artist: Rita Lewis and Ivan Lewis
Medium: Clay and pigment
Dimensions: 5 1/2″ x 5″


SKU: DR 256 Categories: , , , ,


This storyteller is dressed in traditional clothing with a necklace and bracelets.  She sits with four babies on her lap, her shoulder, and in her arms. Her mouth open and eyes closed ready to begin the story. The slip on this storyteller not the usual white slip potters used at Cochiti; this is darker and lends a different color to the piece overall. Rita Lewis always made her storytellers in true traditional fashion, using Cochiti clay, slip, and vegetal paints and firing the pieces outdoors.

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: Very Good -restored – minor chips and one arm on a baby.
Provenance: Acquired from Ivan and Rita Lewis, who were close personal friends.

Additional information

Weight 25 oz