Stella Teller Isleta Pueblo Pottery, Small Polychrome Jar


2  3/4″ height

3  1/2″ width


Stella Teller began working in clay at the age of eight, helping her mother slip and polish small pots. She is now a fulltime potter creating figurines and pottery in her studio at Isleta Pueblo. Her pottery is distinguished from traditional Isleta Polychrome wares by its distinctive colors, which she says are all natural.  The light gray, which has become her trademark, is produced by mixing white clay with manganese.  She was one of the first potters to insert turquoise cabs into the clay.  Not to be considered parochial, Stella Teller expanded the repertoire to include storytellers representing Navajo, Isleta Pueblo, Apache and Hopi males and females.        She is credited with making the first storyteller to represent a Navajo.


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