Seferina Ortiz

Cochiti Drummer

8 1/2" H x 6 1/4" D

Seferina Ortiz (1931-2007) is one of the most respected potters of Cochiti Pueblo. She learned pottery making from her mother, Laurencita Herrera. She is represented in many museum and private collections. The Peabody Museum of Harvard University has 32 pieces of her pottery in its collection.

She is also the matriarch of a family of innovator potters including Virgil Ortiz, Janice Ortiz and Lisa Holt. Seferina created traditional style Cochiti pottery figures and vessels. Seferina won numerous awards for her pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market.

The Ortiz Family (Cochiti Pueblo) is the latest in a long line of Southwestern Indians making figurative pottery. Cochiti Pueblo is well known for pottery "storyteller" figures. They are usually seated, almost always female, and often have one or more children on their laps or backs.

Seferina always encouraged her daughters Inez, Janice and Joyce, to follow her lead. All are skilled at making storyteller and animal figures, with Joyce well known for her mermaid and nativity sets. Her son, Virgil Ortiz, pioneered a revival of the 19th century style of standing human figures, including social commentary.

A close-knit family, they share the tasks of gathering clay and tempering sand, with communal firing with cow dung fuel, usually at Seferina's house. The Ortiz family show deep respect for the tradition of their people, while exercising their individual creativity.

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