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Robert Tenorio

Robert Tenorio is one of the most famous Kewa (Santo Domingo) potters working today. He learned to make pottery from his grandmother Andrea Ortiz and Lupe Tenorio his great-aunt. He also studied under Otellie Loloma when he went to school at IAIA. He creates classic Santo Domingo forms along with some his own stylistic patterns and shapes. Robert has won numerous awards for his pottery and his pottery is found in museums across the United States.

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Tenorio, Robert  – Canteen with Bird Handles

This is a striking canteen by Robert Tenorio.  The jar is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  On the sides of the jar Robert has painted flowers and clouds.  The petals of the flowers are highlighted with various clay slips.  The handles of the canteen are in the shape of two birds.  Each bird is painted differently.  The canteen has a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 250.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Wide Jar with Feathers & Hummingbirds

This is a complex wide jar by Robert Tenorio.  The jar is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  Around the sloping neck of the jar is a feather pattern and two sections each with two hummingbirds.  Each birds are painted in an older style and they have red and copper colored clay slips for the bodies.  Separating them are two bands of feather designs.  Note the alternating red and copper colored clay slips.  Below the shoulder is a cloud pattern and the jar has a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The inside is slipped with a mica clay slip and there is an impressed hand print on the inside!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 475.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Plate with Birds & Fish

This plate by Robert Tenorio has a complex series of designs.  The plate is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  The center of the plate has two fish.  They are surrounded by four birds, each looking at the fish in the center. There is something charming and whimsical about the design! Each of the fish and birds is highlighted with red and copper clay slips.  There i a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The back of the plate is fully polished with a red clay slip.  It is signed on the back, in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 650.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Large Jar with Seven Fish

This is a striking contemporary jar by Robert Tenorio.  The jar is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  The jar has a round shape and short neck. There are seven fish painted encircling the jar.  Each fish is different in design and use of different clays or just black on white.  The rim of the jar has a water motif.  It is a charming and tightly painted piece by his award winning Kewa potter.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 700.00
Tenorio, Robert  – Small Bowl with Bird Design

This is a smaller bowl by Robert Tenorio.  The bowl is painted with wild spinach (black) and red and copper colored clay slips.  Around the top of the bowl are two bird heads separated by bands of feathers.  Below the shoulder are cloud designs.  The beaks of the birds are painted with a copper micaceous clay.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.

$ 175.00
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