Helen Henderson – Jemez

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Jemez Pueblo Pottery by Helen Henderson

Helen Henderson is a full blooded Native American Indian, she was born in the small but active village of Jemez (Walatowa) located about 55 miles from Albuquerque, N.M. She is a member of the Eagle Clan. Helen comes from a long line of potters, originating with her Great Grandmother, Maria Sanchez Colaque, she is also distantly related to Maria Martinez, the extremely famous potter known for her black on black pottery. She mastered the art of hand coiling pottery by watching and assisting her family members. Helen has been working continuously with clay art forms since 1987.

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Helen has chosen to follow the foot steps of her mother, Vangie Tafoya who has developed her own unique style of flawless freehand designs of exquisite hummingbirds, water serpents, flowers, and feathers and accents them with authentic turquoise stones. Her pottery grabs the attention of viewers, allowing them to experience her living art and unique designs. Helen uses all natural materials and paints which she harvests from within the Jemez Pueblo. Helen signs her pottery as: Helen Henderson, Jemez, followed by a eagle feather as her own singular trademark, to denote her clan origin.

Helen is also related to the following artists: Brenda Tafoya (sister), Maria Sanchez Colaque (great grandmother).


  • 1988 Santa Fe Indian Market 3rd Place
  • 1998 Santa Fe Indian Market 3rd Place
  • New Mexico State Fair Various Years
  • Publications:

  • Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
  • Native Peoples Magazine 1997 Edition
  • Indian Market Magazine 1998 & 1999
  • Source: pueblodirect

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