Pot with Etched Geometric Design by Lorraine Chinana, Jemez Pueblo
Pot with Etched Geometric Design by Lorraine Chinana, Jemez Pueblo etched clay 2 1/4" high x 2 1/4" diameter
Jemez Potter Lorraine Chinana was born in 1955. She is the daughter of Albert and Marie (Toya) Vigil of Jemez Pueblo. She learned the traditional ways of making pottery from her grandmother, Reyes S. Toya, and began producing pottery for the marketplace in 1981.
Lorraine's pieces are often experimental and she is somewhat unique at Jemez for her use of blue slips. She also likes to make redware and grayware wide-mouth vases, bowls, jars and seedpots, decorated with sgraffito and polychrome designs. Her favorite designs include cloud patterns, rain and feather patterns, hummingbirds, flowers and Jemez geometrics.
Bradley believes you need to learn the rules of the traditional art form and become proficient in creating art using these forms and then and only then, can you push the boundaries of the art in your own style.