Suina, Ada – 10″ Tall Storyteller with One Child (1980s)

8.5" long x 10"h

$ 2,000.00

Ada Suina Suina (b. 1930) is a daughter of Berina and Eluterio Cordero sister to Stephanie C. Rhoades (Snowflake Flower). Her maternal grandmother, Estefanita Herrera, inspired her to become a potter, and her cousin, Virginia Naranjo, taught her how to make pottery.  Ada is among the most famous of the Cochiti storyteller makers as she continues in a style similar to that of Helen Cordero and uses all native materials and fires outside. This large storyteller is a female figure holding a single baby. She is wearing a shawl over her head that is fully painted. The piece has details in the shawl and the necklace.  The figure is made from native clay and painted with wild spinach (black) on a white clay surface and accented with red clay.  The storyteller was traditionally fired. The storyteller is signed, “Ada Suina”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.  While she no longer makes pottery, this piece reflects the apex of her career in terms of detail and precision in the clay.