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Phone: 866-426-6901

314 N. River Street

East Dundee, IL 60118





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and in fact, Picuris is ignored

by many authoritative books on

Pueblo pottery.

As a child, Therese Tohtsoni

took up the old art taught to her

by her mother. At five years

old, Therese entered her first


Though she discontinued the

art following high school,

Therese picked up once again

as she realized the art in her

Pueblo was dying.

Today, thanks to Therese, col-

lectors are beginning to pay

some attention to Picuris pot-


Therese was awarded a third

place ribbon at the 2008 Santa

Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo

mountains is the tiny Picuris

Pueblo. One of the largest

northern pueblos in the fif-

teenth century, the population

at Picuris today is just over

three hundred souls.

Picuris Pueblo had a rich tradi-

tion of creating micaceous bean

pots. Though the art was dwin-

dling, as was the population,

Irene Simbolo continued to

create the micaceous pottery,

and passed that tradition on to

her young daughter Therese.

In recent years, collectors have

focused on the pottery from

Acoma, San Ildefonso, Santa

Clara and others. Few even

thought about Picuris pottery,

Fe Indian Market against some

stiff competition by Lonnie

Vigil of Nambe who took both

first and second place awards

for his micaceous pottery.

Therese might be a “new

comer” on the big time pottery

stage...or as some say, an

emerging artist.

Therese and her mom Irene

Simbolo are said to be the last

in line for Picuris pottery.

While boding well for collec-

tors, this is a sad note for the

Pueblo’s great heritage.

Therese is a great friend of

River Trading Post, and you

can see her work at our place.

Arts of Native America

Therese Tohtsoni, Picuris Pueblo,

is determined to resurrect the

great pottery tradition of a small