Specializing in Native American Crafts Since 1916

Corrine and Gary Louis

Skills
Potter

Artist Profile

Corrine and Gary Louis are both from the Acoma Pueblo, also called Sky City. Corrine was first introduced to pottery making at a young age by her grandmother, Marie Z. Chino, and mother, Carrie Chino-Charlie. The family has been known for pottery making for many years. Corrine and Gary are carrying on the family tradition of working with pottery. They first came across the idea of using horse hair on their pottery after Corrine pulled out a fired batch of pottery when one of her own hair strands fell on the pottery and scorched the pot. It was from this accident that the idea of using such a method to decorate pottery was invented, therefore, Garry and Corrine are credited with this style of pottery. There were many trial and errors that took place over several years until they mastered the art of what is now known as “horse hair pottery”. Gary also etched on the pottery to create an even greater contrast and style on the pots. Gary and Corrine can and do other styles of Acoma pottery but since horse hair pottery has become so popular, they have devoted a great deal of their time doing only this style.

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