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Dorothy Loretto Trujillo (1932 - 1999)


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Dorothy Loretto Trujillo (1932 - 1999) signatureDorothy Loretto Trujillo (1932 - 1999), Laguna / Jemez, married into Cochiti Pueblo, Water Clan, active ca. 1950-90s: polychrome jars, bowls, Storytellers, Nativities, figurines, sculptures, and jewelry.

Dorothy Trujillo made Cochiti-style pottery, although she was born to a Laguna mother and a Jemez father. She attended the San Diego Mission School and learned pottery making during summer vacations from her mother and grandmother. At the age of 10, she was making figures.

When Dorothy marred Onofre Trujillo, she moved to Cochiti Pueblo and earned permission to use Cochiti clay. Her husband's aunt, Damacia Cordero, taught her to do Cochiti-style pottery.

Dorothy began making Storytellers before 1970. Two years later, she began making Nativities (Nacimientos). Dorothy shared her pottery-making knowledge with others. She had taught at least three people, including two of her own daughters. Her Storytellers may have only one or over 40 babies. One of her Storytellers is on exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Reference: Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2,000 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.

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