Length: 16 3/4"
Width: 7 1/4"
Opening: 4 3/4"
Tribe: Santa Domingo
Item #: PT163
Artist: Thomas Tenorio
Thomas L. Tenorio was born into the Pueblo of Kewa (Santo Domingo) in 1963. Thomas felt that traditional pottery making was dying within his Pueblo, and was inspired to try and resurrect this long-lived legacy.
Thomas is a self-taught potter who learned by reading textbooks, conducting interviews, and by trial and error. Thomas gathers most of his natural pigments within his reservation or outside of it- and he cleans, hand mixes, hand coils, and shapes and fires his pottery outdoors in the traditional way.
Thomas has created his own unique contemporary flair of cut-out or carving and has added new colors to the traditional Santo Domingo style. He makes a wide variety of shapes and sizes and paints birds, flowers, fish, and traditional designs.