Zia - Jemez Pueblo
Irene Herrera, “Apple Flower” was born
in 1942. She is half Zia and half Jemez.
Irene was inspired to hand coil pottery using ancient traditional methods
passed down to her by her mother, Andrea Tsosie. Irene was 8 years old
when she sparked an interest in pottery making. She would sit and observe
Andrea hand coil and paint her pottery, and at the age of 12 she started
to paint on pottery.
The lucrative aspect of the business was also inspiration for her to
learn the art of pottery making. However, it is more of a hobby for
Irene to contribute to the art world.
Irene specializes in the traditional Zia Pueblo hand coiled and hand
painted pottery. She gathers her clay within the Zia Pueblo. Then, she
grinds, hand cleans the clay, mixes, hand coils, shapes, paints and
fires her pottery the traditional way, outdoors. Irene hand coils a
wide variety of shapes and sizes. The colors she uses on her pottery
are also natural pigments.
She said “I enjoy making pottery because it comes from within
my heart and it’s a gift to make my pottery.”
Irene signs her pottery as: Irene Herrera, Zia.
Irene is also related to the following artists: Leonard Tsosie, Rebecca
Tsosie-Gachupin, and Joanne Tsosie-Toribio.
-Eighth Northern Art Show Best of Show
-Eighth Northern Art Show 2nd place
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies