Fannie Loretto, “Little Turqoise”, was born in 1951.
She is half Jemez and half Laguna, She is a member
of the water clan.
She began making pottery at the age of 16. Fannie
has been hand coiling clay sculptures and masks for
over 10 years, prior to that she madehand several
shapes of hand coiled pottery using traditional
ancient methods which were passed down to her from
several members in her family.
Fannie was inspired to learn the art of working with
clay by assisting her mother, Carrie Reid Loretto
make her pottery., Carrie specialized in hand coiled
pottery. Fannie gathers all her natural pigments
from within the Jemez Pueblo. Then, she grinds,
cleans, mixes the clay, hand pinches, shapes,
paints, and fires her art, outdoors the traditional
Fannie stated that: “the masks are my favorite to
create because it’s like drawing in 3-D, when I make
Fannie is well known for her koshari masks, and she
makes them in several different sizes and adds
ribbons, feathers, horse hair, and corn husks to
compliment her art.
She signs her pottery as: Fannie Loretto, followed
by the water sign to denote her Clan origin.
Fannie is also related to the following artists:
Dorothy Trujillo, Alma Concho, Lenora Lucero, Marie
Coriz and the late Mary Toya.
-Eighth Northern 1978 1st place
-La Luz in NM 1st and 2nd
-New Mexico State Fair 1st place 1993-1998
-Santa Fe Indian Market 1999 1st place
-Several others too numerous to mention
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
-Nacimientos by Guy & Doris Monthan
-Storytellers and Other Figurative Pottery