She began making pottery at the age of 16. Fannie was inspired to learn the art of working with clay by assisting her mother, Carrie Ried Loretto, in the making of pottery. Fannie has been hand coiling clay sculptures and masks for many years.
Prior to that, she handmade several shapes of hand coiled pottery using traditional ancient methods which were passed down to her from several members in her family. Fannie has made a name for herself and is well known for her warrior and koshari masks. Fannie gathers all her natural pigments from within the Jemez Pueblo.
Then, she grinds, cleans, and mixes the clay; hand pinches, shapes, paints and fires her art outdoors, the old traditional way. The masks are my favorite to create because its like drawing in 3-D when I make them, Fannie said.
Fannie makes the masks in several different sizes and adds ribbons, feathers, horsehair and corn husks to complement her art. She signs her pottery: Fannie Loretto, followed by the water sign to denote her Water Clan origin. This mask comes from my personal collection, I have collected Native American art since the 1970's. This mask has been in my possession since 1994. This is a clay mask hand built by Fanny Loretto, you can see her fingerprints on the inside of the mask.
Please ask before purchasing to avoid any misunderstandings. You can see more Indian items in my store.The item "Fannie Loretto Eagle Warrior Mask Clay Pottery Polychrome Native American Jemez" is in sale since Saturday, March 6, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Masks & Headdresses". The seller is "thisisit338" and is located in Brighton, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States.