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Arthur and Hilda Coriz are Native American husband and wife potters from Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico, United States. Hilda is a sister of award-winning potter Robert Tenorio. Hilda began making pottery with the encouragement of her brother. Arthur learned to make pottery by watching his wife Hilda and her brother Robert. When they first started, Arthur and Hilda would make pots while Robert would create the designs and do the painting. In two years time, Arthur was painting pots for himself and his wife Hilda. They eventually became full-time potters, winning numerous awards at the Santa Fe Indian Markets between 1983-1998. They participated in exhibitions at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Shows.

Arthur and Hilda made pottery using the traditional methods of Santo Domingo potters. They used only natural clays and the Rocky Mountain bee plant, also known as wild spinach, and honey for making the black paint. Together they made traditional polychrome jars, bowls, dough bowls, and canteens. Arthur and Hilda’s favorite designs included birds, clouds, flowers and animals like the deer and bighorn sheep. They signed their pottery as Arthur and Hilda Coriz.

Arthur died in 1998 and today Hilda continues to make traditional pottery signing as “Hilda Coriz.” Their daughter Ione Coriz (b. 1973) also makes traditional Santo Domingo pottery. In 1988 Ione Coriz placed 3rd and in 1989 she won 2nd for her pottery in the ages 18 & under divisions at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Reference and Further Readings[]

  • Hayes, Allan and John Blom - Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni. 1996.
  • Peaster, Lillian - Pueblo Pottery Families. 2nd Edition. 2003.
  • Schaaf, Gregory - Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2,000 Artist Biographies. 2002.
  • Trimble, Stephen - Talking with the Clay: The Art of Pueblo Pottery. 1987.

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