Erna Chosa, “Broom Flower”, member of
the Sun Clan, was born in 1959 into the Jemez Pueblo. She was inspired
to continue the family tradition of pottery making by her Grandmother,
Sarah Collateta. In addition, the lucrative aspects of the business
also motivated her. Erna has been making pottery since she was 19 years
Erna chose to specialize in the Hopi traditional pottery instead of
the Jemez styles. She learned all the fundamentals from watching others
make their pottery. She enjoys making elegant and finely painted wedding
vases best of all because of its ceremonial representation. Wedding
vases have been a part of pueblo life for centuries. She also enjoys
making seed pots. Erna hand coils her pottery the traditional way and
she even fires her pottery outdoors.
Erna signs her pottery as: E.C. Hopi-Tewa.
Erna is related to the following artists: Antonita Collateta (mother)
and Kathleen Collateta (sister).
-Jemez Art Show 1990 & 1992
-Eighth Northern Art Show 1988, 1989
-Santo Domingo Art Show 1992 & 1993
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies