User:Tillman/Lisa Holt and Harlan Reano

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Harlan Reano and Lisa Holt
Rabbit figure, 6” high by 9” long
Pueblo superhero figurine
Cochiti figurine by Virgil Ortiz, 12" high

Lisa Holt (born 1980) and Harlan Reano (born 1978) are an award-winning husband-and-wife team of Pueblo potters and artists from northern New Mexico. Holt and Reano began making pottery together in 1999. At first, Holt made the pots and Reano painted them. They now share the pottery making; Holt still does all the painting. [1] They first made figurines inspired by the old Cochiti tradition of human and animal forms. More recently, they make pots, jars, and figurines with a more contemporary feel, influenced by the work of Holt's uncle, the avant-garde potter and fashion designer Virgil Ortiz. [2]

Lisa Holt is from Cochiti Pueblo and is the granddaughter of potter Seferina Ortiz, who was her mentor. She also learned from her mother, Juanita Ortiz, and her uncle, Virgil Ortiz. Harlan Reano is half Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo) on his mother’s side. He also learned potting from Juanita Ortiz. They use Cochiti clay and natural paints for their work, and fire their pottery outdoors with cedar wood. [1]

Holt and Reano were featured in the 25th Smithsonian Craft Show in 2007. [3] Smithsonian magazine ran a photo of their "Pueblo Fire Warrior" figurine. "He's a superhero we came up with," they said.[4]

Holt and Reano's works are in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, [5] the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, [6] and the Peabody Essex Museum. [7]


  • Best of Classification in Pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market, 2012 [8]
  • Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market, 2011, 4 awards: Best of Classification in Pottery, First Place in traditional pottery, two Judge's Awards. [9]
  • Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market, 2010, Best of Classification in Pottery [1]


  1. ^ a b c Biography at
  2. ^ Virgil Ortiz
  3. ^ Smithsonian magazine, April 2007
  4. ^ Pueblo Fire Warrior photo, Smithsonian magazine, April 2007
  5. ^ Profile at American Style magazine
  6. ^ Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, main page upper right, accessed 12/23/13
  7. ^ Holt-Reano at Peabody Essex Museum
  8. ^ Indian Market: 2012 Winners at Santa Fe New Mexican, Aug. 18, 2012.
  9. ^ Juried Competition 20111 at Heard Museum

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[[Category:1980 births] [[Category:1978 births] [[Category:Pueblo artists] [[Category:Living people] [[Category:Native American potters] [[Category:Artists from New Mexico]