This is an Estate Fresh old Pueblo Pottery Cat from a longtime collector of Native American Arts and Pottery. This piece is a Cheshire Cat Figure, done by Martha Arquero of the Cochiti Pueblo. It is in preistine condition and was a treasured piece by its past owner. This Cheshire Cat measures 3"h x 5"w x 5d and it is signed on the bottom Martha Arquero - Cochiti'.
This family has a long history of making whimsical figural pottery and it all started with their famous mother Damacia Cordero. Its a pleasure to offer this little gem.
Martha Arquero was born in 1944 into the Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. She has been making pottery sculptures since the late 1960's, inspired to continue the family tradition of clay sculpting by her Mother, Damacia Cordero.After learning the traditional way to make pottery from her mother, Martha began producing handmade clay sculptures in the form of traditional storytellers, nativity sets with angels and baby lambs, finely made jars and large figures. She is most popular for her frog storytellers and her whimsical mermaids. At the 1984 SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market Martha earned 1st and 2nd Place ribbons for two of her pieces. Martha's early pieces were unsigned but later she began signing Martha Arquero, Cochiti. Her two sisters, Josephine Arquero and Marie Laweka, also made pottery. She uses all natural pigments to hand coil her sculptures, gathering the clay from the hills nearby her home. Martha makes a variety of pottery, from traditional storytellers and nativity scenes to playful characters and comic book heroes. My descriptions are solely there to assist buyers finding the items and are not a guaranteed accurate description of the item in all cases. If you do need information I have neglected to include, please don't hesitate to ask any questions.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American: US\1935-Now\Pottery". The seller is "mstiques" and is located in this country: US.
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