Acoma Pueblo - Sky City
Corrine and Gary Louis (husband) are both from the
Pueblo of Acoma, also called the Sky City.
Corrine was first introduced to pottery making at a young age by her
Grandmother,Marie Z. Chino, Mother, Carrie Chino-Charlie, respectively.
The family has been known for pottery making for many years. Corrine
and Gary are carrying on the family tradition of working with pottery.
Corrine and Gary first came across the idea of using horse hair on their
pottery, after Corrine pulled out a recently fired batch of pottery,
when one of her own strands of hair fell on the pottery and scorched
the pot. It was from this accident that the idea of using such a method
to decorate pottery was invented, therefore, Gary and Corrine are credited
with this style of pottery.
There were many trial and errors that took place over several years,
until they mastered the art of what is now called “ Horse Hair
Gary will also etch on the pottery to create an even greater contrast
and style to the horse hair pottery. Gary and Corrine can and do other
traditional styles of Acoma pottery, but since horse hair has become
so popular, they have devoted a great deal of their time doing only
-New Mexico State Fair
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies