Edwin Herrera “Ie-yoo-ris” is a full
blooded Native American Indian. He is a member of the Oak Clan. Edwin
was born in 1966 into the Cochiti Pueblo.
He was inspired to learn the art of working with clay from his mother,
Mary Frances Herrera. She taught him all the fundamentals of working
with clay, using the ancient traditional methods passed on to her from
their ancestors during the process.
He began experimenting with clay in the early 1980’s while attending
High School. This was his means of making money so that he could attend
school dances, games, and other school functions. He is currently one
of the few pottery artists that currently continue the long lived family
tradition of working with clay pottery. He admired the artistic style
of other artisans and motivated himself to create his own unique style
Edwin gathers his clay and sand from within the hills of the Cochiti
Pueblo. He hand mixes, hand coils, shapes, hand paints, and fires his
pottery the traditional way, outdoors, using cedar wood chips. Edwin
specializes in hand sculpted wildlife and southwestern nativity’s,
bear sculptures, and hand coiled traditional pottery bowls. He boils
his own natural minerals and vegetables to produce his colors used on
his art. The designs which are painted on his pottery are from ancient
Cochiti Pueblo designs.
He signs his art as: Edwin Herrera, Cochiti, N.M.
He is related to Dorothy Herrera and Mary R. Herrera (sisters).
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