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Small standing bear & 4 cubs - $600

Standing Sitting Bear with 4 cubs by Stella -$600

Large Hopi mother with 6 children by Stella is 9" high - $2850

Father Storyteller & 7 children by Stella is 6 1/2" tall - $1600

5" tall Corn Maiden by Stella - $650

5" tall Navajo Storyteller with 5 children by Stella and Lynette - $450

This Pueblo Storyteller holds a water jar while 9 children play and feed the animals 5 3/4" by Robin Teller - $sold

Hopi mother water theme with 2 children by Robin Teller - $sold

Chris Teller Mudhead with 3 children - $240

6" Chris Teller singing mother with 5 children - $500

"Pueblo Nights" - 7" x 7" - 23 children, 38 stars, 3 pottery bowls and drum with rattles. Shawl decorated with dark sky with stars, mesa with sand hills on foreground with rising moon, female and two children gazing at teh moon by Robin Teller - $2600

"Pueblo Nights" - by Robin Teller - Marie K. Velardez - Isleta Pueblo, NM

The Pueblo Nights theme came to me on a night when I was at a loss for inspiration. Sitting outside, praying, watching an unbelievably breath taking sunset, my attention was captured by a sky of pink, gold, and apricot that melted away into turquoise, then a blue blanket of color which ever so smoothly turned darker blue into night. As the stars began to pop into twinkles of lights, big and small, my imagination was kicked into play. "Pueblo Nights" represents my offering to the creator as an expression of my love of children and joy for the blessings of daily life.

Symbolic of the female, the central figure represents our spiritual mother from which we draw strength, love and support for the things we do. Her arms are supporting the children in the bowl as they offer the stars to the heavens. She quietly tells the story of the night and all the while as they work there is soft, gentle drum and rattle music for the heart and soul.

Have you ever looked in a child's eyes? Each child no matter what their circumstances always manages to generate that light of hope and imagination,through their love of life. With this thought, she holds a bowl of life on her lap where the smallest child is stirring together the ingredients of love, hope, and inspiration to create the brilliant stars above.

When the stars are made they are passed down directly to be cleaned in the water bowl being held up by one child at her left foot. The stars are washed and passed to the child behind them to be shined to perfection.

The child with the blanket of stars passes the bright finished stars to the one with the blanket who places them on the blanket, prays and sends them out in flight to find their rightful places. The other child on the left interior wall of the shawl chooses to place them very carefully instead.The two on the right arm area are seeking approval on their accomplishments and asking her to kiss them.

The child supporting the wash bowl on its back is representative of the burden we all carry on our struggles of daily life and the child kneeling on her left arm is looking/praying to the heavens for answers and guidance. The shawl is painted with the night sky in Isleta Pueblo. The dark, star studded sky and hills receive a graceful kiss if light from the moon the mother and children gaze at the mystery and beauty. Everyone counts and everyone has a purpose.

The Teller Family
Stella, Robin, Chris, Mona, Lynnette

Natural grays and browns combined with accent necklaces made of tiny bits of turquoise are the hallmarks of pottery figurines made by the Teller family. Stella Teller's recipe for clay preparation, polishing, and painting is punctuated with liberal amounts of time. There are no shortcuts. Her celerity and dexterity are aptly demonstrated in all of her pottery creations.

The tools that Stella uses do not come from a craft store. She once heated a kitchen knife on the stove to bend into shape for scraping. She uses a mellon baller for carving and a needle for fine lines.

Stella Teller has earned recognition for the excellence of her pottery creations in numerous juried art shows and by museums. The largest storyteller made by Stella can be seen in the permanent art collection at the Albuquerque International Airport. Closer to Chicago, her work can be seen at the Schingothie Center in Aurora and at the Mitchell Indian Museum in Evanston. One of Stella's effigy Turtle Jars is among a traveling collection of the Smithsonian Institution which has been on tour for nearly 6 years.

Stella does not take short cuts to streamline the process of clay preparation, polishing or painting. She has developed seven standard slips for use on her pottery with color variations achieved by diluting or mixing the elements of clay, mineral and vegetal matter to achieve the right hue. Her great-grandmother's river stone is used to rub against the highly refined slip and oils to create a smooth, shinny finish. Traditional firing of pots is done outside with wood and cow dung.

Stella has encouraged her four daughters to express their own passions and feelings through clay and collectors should take note that Stella and her daughters are presently the only Isleta Pueblo potters making storytellers from scratch. The quality and uniqueness of their work can be seen in their figures of humans, bears, turtles, mudheads, and other animal. Demand for the Teller family pottery is high because of its intrinsic beauty and the recognition of its premier quality and exceptional diversity of design.

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