Lisa Holt &
Harlan Reano


Cochiti/Santo Domingo
Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano
 

Half Cochiti (on her mother’s side), Lisa Holt was born into a well-known multi-generational family of potters in 1980. Her grandmother is Seferina Ortiz, her mother Juanita Ortiz and her uncle Virgil Ortiz.

Lisa has been making pottery since 1999 and specializes in creating human and animal forms, following long Cochiti tradition. These days she's been making large beautiful ollas and other-worldly dragons and other creatures. She makes all her pieces the traditional way: by hand-coiling the forms from materials she collects and processes herself.

Born in 1978, Harlan Reano is from Santo Domingo Pueblo. He uses Lisa’s elegant forms and figures as a three-dimensional "canvas" for his boldly painted designs that range from traditional Kewa geometrics to stylized graffiti patterns. Together, they complete the process by ground firing their innovative and dynamic creations.

Since their debut in 2001, they have pushed the shape and design envelope of contemporary Pueblo pottery with their work. Harlan began to revive historic Santo Domingo designs in 2003 and by 2004 he was creating more elaborate "twisted" shapes and figures of his own design. By 2008, they were considered "rising stars" among Native American potters and were beginning to win major awards at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market (Best of Classification in Pottery 2010, 2011; 1st Place in Traditional Pottery 2011; and 2 Judge's Awards 2011) and the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market (Best of Classification in Pottery 2012).

They have continued winning awards and accolades for their pottery every year since, in addition to being featured in several new books and magazines on contemporary Pueblo pottery almost every year. Their innovations in design and form have captivated many traders and collectors and continue to inspire other artists.

Examples of Lisa and Harlan's work is on display in museums around the world (National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Peabody Essex Museum) and continues to expand the national and international audience for Pueblo pottery.


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Cochiti Pueblo

The view west from Cochiti Lake
View west across Cochiti Pueblo

Cochiti Pueblo lies fifteen miles south of Santa Fe along the west bank of the Rio Grande. What is now Bandelier National Monument is the pueblo's most recent ancestral home. They may have relocated to the Bandelier area from the Four Corners region around 1300.

Cochiti legend says that Clay Old Woman and Clay Old Man came to visit the Cochitis. While all the people watched, Clay Old Woman shaped a pot. Clay Old Man danced too close and kicked the pot. He rolled the clay from the broken pot into a ball, gave a piece to all the women in the village and told them never to forget to make pottery.

 
Ancestral home of the Cochitis
At Bandelier National Monument

In protohistoric times, human effigy pots, animals, duck canteens and bird shaped pitchers with beaks as spouts were common productions of the Cochiti potters. Many of these were condemned as idols and destroyed by the Spaniards. That problem left when the Spanish left in 1820 but the fantastic array of figurines created by Cochiti potters was essentially dormant until the railroad arrived. Then Cochiti potters were among the first to enter the tourist market and they produced many whimsical figures into the early 1900's. Then production followed the market into more conventional shapes.

Legend has it that a Ringling Brothers Circus train broke down near Cochiti Pueblo in the 1920's. The tribe's contact with the ringmaster, trapeze artists, opera singers, sideshow "freaks" and exotic animals paved the way for a variety of new figural subjects. An astute observer will find angels, nativities, cowboys, tourist caricatures, snakes, dinosaurs, turtles, goats, two-headed opera singers, clowns, tattooed strongmen, Moorish nuns and even mermaids in the Cochiti pottery pantheon, most produced only since the early 1960's and based on characters described in Cochiti's oral history.

A few modern potters make traditional styled pots with black and red flowers, animals, clouds, lightning and geometric designs but most Cochiti pottery artists now create figurines. Most notable is the storyteller, a grandfather or grandmother figure with "babies" perched on it. Helen Cordero is credited with creating the first storyteller in 1964 to honor her grandfather. The storyteller style was quickly picked up by other pueblos and each modified the form to match their local situation (ie: clay colors and tribal and religious traditions). In some pueblos, storytellers are also now made as drummers and as a large variety of animals.

Today, Cochiti potters face the challenge of acquiring the clay for the white slip. Construction of Cochiti Dam in the 1960's destroyed their primary source of their trademark white slip and gray clay. Now the white slip comes from one dwindling source at Santo Domingo, Cochiti Pueblo's neighbor to the south.

Most outsiders who visit Cochiti Pueblo these days do so on the way to or from either the recreation area on Cochiti Lake or Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.


Map showing location of Cochiti Pueblo

For more info:
at Wikipedia
official website
 

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Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano, Cochiti, Polychromejarwithgeometricdesign
Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano
Cochiti
$ SOLD
cscog9363
Polychrome jar with geometric design
9 1/4 in H by 9 1/2 in Dia
Condition: Excellent
Signature: Lisa Holt Cochiti Harlan Reano Santo Domingo


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