Lisa Holt & Harlan Reano・ Clay
Lisa Holt (Cochiti Pueblo) and Harlan Reano (Santo Domingo/Kewa Pueblo) have been creating pottery together since 1999. Lisa and Harlan are two of Arrowmont’s invited artists for the upcoming Utilitarian Clay Symposium that has been rescheduled for 2021. Holt is of Cochiti Pueblo heritage on her mother’s side and comes from an illustrious family of artists including her uncle Virgil Ortiz. She learned the art of pottery from her mother, Inez Ortiz, and her grandmother, well-known Cochiti potter Seferina Ortiz. Holt uses clay from Cochiti Pueblo to sculpt pottery that is then painted by Reano. Reano is Santo Domingo/Kewa on his mother’s side. His painted designs are sometimes inspired by older Santo Domingo pottery, but frequently are his own creations. The two artists complete their collaborations by firing the pots together. When they first began collaborating nearly two decades ago, they specialized in figurative pottery inspired by the old Cochiti tradition of human and animal forms, including frogs, lizards, and large ollas. More recently they have expanded into pots, jars, and figures that are rooted in tradition but have a more contemporary feel to them.