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Artwork by Lorraine Chinana

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About the Artist

(Born 1955, Jemez) A member of the Coyote clan, actively making pottery since 1981, Lorraine Chinana was taught to make pottery by her grandmother Reyes S. Toya. Often experimental, she is unique in her use of blue slips. Chinana also choose to produce sgraffito redware and grayware jars, bowls, oval vases as well as polychrome decoration. Favorite designs include radiating bands of clouds, rain and feather patterns, opticals.

Examples of her work can be seen in the Hayes & Blom book Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni as well as Gregory Schaaf's book on Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies.