Santo Domingo Pueblo Pottery

Santo Domingo Pueblo
Pueblo Pottery Maine presents traditional and contemporary pottery by Santo Domingo artists Robert Tenorio, Hilda Coriz, Paulita Pacheco, Iona Coriz, Thomas Tenorio, Warren Coriz and Robert Aguilar.

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Robert Tenorio

This Robert Tenorio pot at top utilizes the traditional designs and strong graphics that are the hallmark of Santo Domingo pottery and Robert's work. The four-flower pattern on the side is reproduced on the inside. This pot is a great value measuring 8 inches tall by 9 inches wide. Your price $1,500 ~ Item #SD246 Click here to see three enlargements. Includes Shipping! SOLD

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The pot at right measures 7.5 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide and is, as you can see, based on a more square shape than the usual bulb shape. The square-ish shaped storage jars is a first-class Santo Domingo polychrome piece with some unusual coloring that reflects Robert's continuous experimentation with his work. Your price $1,050 ~ Item #SD270.  Click here to see an enlargement of this wonderful jar.  Includes Shipping! SOLD

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Robert Tenorio - Winner of two First Place Awards at the 2004 Santa Fe Indian Market and more since then. Robert is one the greatest Santo Domingo potters and has been an active potter since the 1960s. He has continually won awards beginning in 1967 at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Show, Eight Northern Pueblos and many other venues. In 2003, he again placed first at the Eight Northern Pueblo Arts & Crafts Show. In 2004, two First Place Awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market and so it continues every year. (Photo by Paul Luise, 2013)

Robert's work is featured in Dr. Gregory Schaaf's "Southern Pueblo Pottery Artist Biographies", Berger & Schiffer's "Pueblo & Navajo Contemporary Pottery" and Rick Dillingham's "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery" just to name a few of the many publications that have profiled Robert and his work. His work is in permanent collects at the Heard Museum, Harvard's Peabody Collection,the Nagoya Museum (Japan), and the Royal Family Collection of Great Britain.

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Hilda Tenorio Coriz

The pot at left was also created in 2002 and purchased directly from Hilda. It measures 7 inches tall by 9.75 inches wide with no cracks or chips. It has some minor scratches from wear on the bottom that are not visible when the pot is seated. It is a very good quality pot by one of the best. Your price $750 ~ Item #SD301. Click here to see an enlargement and the bird painting inside the pot.


This photo (at right) of the inside was taken outdoors and reveals the roadrunner she painted on the inside of the bowl making it quite unique among her work and even more collectible.


Hilda Tenorio Coriz (d. 2007) was an active Santo Domingo potter from 1968 until her death in 2007. She worked with traditional polychrome jars, bowls, canteens, ornaments and miniatures. Hilda collaborated with her husband, Arthur, until his passing in 1998. She was the sister of Paulita Pacheco and Robert Tenorio (who also taught her the way of creating traditional pottery), and the mother of potter Ione Coriz.

Hilda began entering the Santa Fe Indian Market in 1983 and won numerous awards ranging from 1st Place to Best of Division and Best of Class. Her work is included in many resource books about pueblo pottery including Dr. Gregory Schaaf's "Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2000 Artist Biographies"; "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery" by Dillingham; Lillian Peaster’s "Pueblo Pottery Families"; Berger & Schiffer’s "Pueblo and Navajo Contemporary Pottery"; and "Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni" by Hayes and Blom.

Hilda created her pottery in the traditional way. These pots were made with hand dug clay that was coiled and stone burnished by hand. The slips are natural clay and cooked down wild spinach that were applied using yucca brushes. The pots were then pit fired outdoors and bear some small smoke plumes which often typify traditionally fired pottery. Both of these pots are certified as authentic Native American art.

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