Ortiz, Seferina – Drummer Figure with Turquoise
Seferina Ortiz is the matriarch of a family of renowned potters, including Virgil Ortiz, Janice Ortiz, and Lisa Holt. This is one of her drummer figures. The drummer is sitting down and the drum on his lap. It is all one piece. It is more charming as her husband, Guadalupe, also made Cochiti drums. There are additional turquoise insets on the bolo tie, concho belt, and shirt The drummer is very detailed in the painting on the shirt. I asked Virgil about the turquoise and he said that his father, Guadalupe, would have inset them into the figure. The piece is slipped with a white clay and then painted with a red clay slip and wild spinach (black). The piece is signed on the bottom. It was traditionally fired and in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Definitely a classic figure by this historically important potter!