Half Cochiti (on her mother’s side), Lisa Holt was born into a well-known multi-generational family of potters in 1980. Her grandmother is Seferina Ortiz, her mother Juanita Ortiz and her uncle Virgil Ortiz.
Lisa has been making pottery since 1999 and specializes in creating human and animal forms, following long Cochiti tradition. These days she's been making large beautiful ollas and other-worldly dragons and other creatures. She makes all her pieces the traditional way: by hand-coiling the forms from materials she collects and processes herself.
Born in 1978, Harlan Reano is from Santo Domingo Pueblo. He uses Lisa’s elegant forms and figures as a three-dimensional "canvas" for his boldly painted designs that range from traditional Kewa geometrics to stylized graffiti patterns. Together, they complete the process by ground firing their innovative and dynamic creations.
Since their debut in 2001, they have pushed the shape and design envelope of contemporary Pueblo pottery with their work. Harlan began to revive historic Santo Domingo designs in 2003 and by 2004 he was creating more elaborate "twisted" shapes and figures of his own design. By 2008, they were considered "rising stars" among Native American potters and were beginning to win major awards at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market (Best of Classification in Pottery 2010, 2011; 1st Place in Traditional Pottery 2011; and 2 Judge's Awards 2011) and the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market (Best of Classification in Pottery 2012).
They have continued winning awards and accolades for their pottery every year since, in addition to being featured in several new books and magazines on contemporary Pueblo pottery almost every year. Their innovations in design and form have captivated many traders and collectors and continue to inspire other artists.
Examples of Lisa and Harlan's work is on display in museums around the world (National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Peabody Essex Museum) and continues to expand the national and international audience for Pueblo pottery.