Herrera, Laurencita – Storyteller with Two Children (1960s)
Laurencita Herrera (1912-1984) is the matriarch of a family of renowned potters. Her daughters include Seferina Ortiz and Mary Francis Herrera. Her grandchildren include Virgil Ortiz and his sisters, Janice, Inez, and Joyce Ortiz. She created an amazing legacy at Cochiti that continues to this day. This is one of her classic storyteller figures that she began making in 1952. Her style is easily identifiable with the long, thin arms, the way the eyes are painted, and how she shaped the face with the clay. The figure is holding two children, each in a separate pose. The back of the figure has detailed designs, as does the sash on the sides. The figure is painted with white Cochiti clay, wild spinach (black) and red clay. It was traditionally fired. It is signed, “Mrs. Laurencita Herrera”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Definitely a classic by this historically important potter!