Polychrome jar with geometric design and inlaid turquoise
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Stella Teller, Isleta , Polychrome jar with geometric design and inlaid turquoise
Artist: Stella Teller
Pueblo: Isleta
Dimensions: 6 3/4 in H by 6 3/4 in Dia
Item Number: xxleg9444
Price: $ 1700
Description: Polychrome jar with geometric design and inlaid turquoise
Condition: Excellent
Signature: Stella Teller Isleta, N.M.

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Stella Teller

Five cubs on a bear storyteller figure, made by Isleta Pueblo potter Stella Teller

The daughter of Rudy and Felicita Jojola, Stella Teller was born at Isleta Pueblo in 1929. It wasn't until about 1962 that she first appeared in the marketplace with her earliest pieces. Since then she has earned numerous awards at the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show and the New Mexico State Fair for her distinctive storytellers, nativities and non-traditional jars (canteens in particular).

Stella's pieces are notable for their "sleeping eyes," overall light-blue to white coloring and often have strings of heishi beads either inlaid or painted on. Some of her pieces have found their way into the collections of the Peabody Museum at Harvard College in Boston, the Folk Museum in Berlin, Germany, and into the Wright Collection, Walton-Anderson Collection and the personal collections of Frank Kinsel and Peter B. Carl.

Her favorite designs include clouds, rain, turtles, Pueblo dancers and kiva steps. Her favorite styles include storytellers, Nativities, jars, bowls, wedding vases, canteens and effigies.

Stella has passed her knowledge on to her daughters: Chris, Mona, Robin and Lynette, each of whom has gone on to become award-winning potters in their own right.


Teller Family Tree

Disclaimer: This "family tree" is a best effort on our part to determine who the potters are in this family and arrange them in a generational order. The general information available is questionable so we have tried to show each of these diagrams to living members of each family to get their input and approval, too. This diagram is subject to change should we get better info.

    Stella (b. 1929) and Louis Teller
    Their descendants who became potters:
    • Chris Teller Lucero (b. 1956)
    • Marie (Robin) Teller Velardez (b. 1954) and Ray Velardez
      Their descendants who became potters:
      • Lesley Teller Velardez (b. 1973)
    • Mona Blythe Teller (b. 1960)
      Her daughter who became a potter:
      • Nicol Teller Blythe (1978)
    • Lynette Teller (b. 1963)

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