This unique cafe-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful clay pot handcrafted by Lisa Holt collaborating with Harlan Reano. Holt and Reano were inspired by the purple flowers on the beeweed plant, from which their traditional black paint is derived.
About the Artists
- Holds: 16 oz
- Size: 3.25" W x 6" H x 4.5" L
- Not dishwasher or microwave safe
Lisa Holt (Cochiti) and Harlan Reano (Santo Domingo/Kewa) have been creating pottery together since 1999. Holt is of Cochiti Pueblo heritage on her mother’s side, and comes from an illustrious family of artists, including her uncle, Virgil Ortiz. She learned the art of pottery from her mother, Inez Ortiz, and her grandmother, well-known Cochiti potter Seferina Ortiz. Holt uses clay from Cochiti Pueblo to sculpt pottery that is then painted by Reano.
Reano is Santo Domingo/Kewa on his mother’s side, and his painted designs are sometimes inspired by older Santo Domingo pottery. The two artists complete their collaborations by firing the pots together.
When they first began collaborating nearly two decades ago, the pair initially specialized in large ollas and figurative pottery inspired by the old Cochiti tradition of human and animal forms, including frogs and lizards. More recently they have expanded into pots, jars, and figures that are rooted in tradition but have a more contemporary, sometimes edgy, feel to them.