|Robert Tenorio - Santo Domingo Pueblo
Robert Tenorio is an Native American Indian, who was born at the Santo Domingo Pueblo
on December 29, 1950. He learned the art of working with clay by observing his family members who were
established artisans and especially his grandmother. He was taught all the fundamentals of working with clay using the ancient traditional
methods. He continues to practice his methods of hand coiling pottery to preserve the ancient traditional way
of his ancestors and adds to their legacy. He specializes in hand coiled, hand painted traditional Santo Domingo
pottery. He gathers all his raw materials such
as clay, sand, and natural plants from within
the Santo Domingo Pueblo.
He hand cleans the clay for impurities, mixes all the natural pigments with water, and begins hand coiling his vessels.
Once the pottery is dry he sands the finished product to give it a smooth finish all around the vessel. Robert then
begins to hand paint his beautiful designs with a stem of a yucca that has been fashioned into a brush.
The colors he uses on his designs are also provided from plants such as: spinach plant. His
designs are usually the traditional bird, flowers, or geometric designs. He sets his pottery out to dry and then fires his masterpieces
the traditional way, outdoors. He signs his pottery as: Robert Tenorio Kewa, Santo Domingo Pueblo, and the year it was constructed.
He is related to Hilda Coriz and Ambrose Antencio.
Robert Tenorio Contact information:
Santo Domingo Pueblo
New Mexico 87052
505 465 2609
This is a hand-formed Santo Domingo
Pueblo pot. The pot is incised on the bottom "Robert Tenorio Kewa N.M." and measures 12 1/2" height x
16 1/2" diameter. The pot is painted with a white slip
over a reddish tan clay body. Robert uses the stem of a yuuca plant or paint brush
to paint the traditional butter fly on the inside and geometric
designs on the outside.
Gallery Cost: $7825. Does not include applicable sales tax,
shipping and packing cost.