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Rita Lewis (1920-1991)

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Rita Lewis (1920-1991) signatureWhen we organized our first storyteller exhibit at Adobe Gallery in Albuquerque in 1979, there were only five potters making these figurinesHelen Cordero, Dorothy Trujillo, Mary Frances Herrera, Seferina Ortiz, and Rita Lewis. Sadly, today, all of these potters are deceased.

Rita Lewis, the daughter of famous potter Ascencion Banada, married Ivan Lewis, son of famous potter Lucy Lewis. Together they started making bowls and animal figurines around 1971, and storyteller figurines around 1973. Following the death of Ivan, Rita continued making storyteller figurines alone. She passed away in 1991.

Rita's potteries have always been made in true traditional fashion, using Cochiti Pueblo clay, slip, and vegetal paints and firing the pieces outdoors.

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

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