San Felipe Pueblo

Dena Suina is a full blooded Native American Indian. She was born in 1961 into the San Felipe Pueblo.

Dena married into the pueblo of Cochiti in the 1980’s. She sparked an interest in sculpting clay figures while observing her mother-in-law, Louise Suina, hand coil and hand paint her beautiful clay sculptures.

Louise taught Dena all the fundamentals of how to hand coil all types of sculptures using traditional methods. Dena has been working with clay art since 1991.

Dena specializes in handmade and hand painted contemporary storytellers. Dena’s unique style of storytellers is of a traditional Cochiti storyteller, but with crisp detailed lines, very small children and exquisite painting. Her sculptures are all hand coiled, hand pinched, and hand painted. She makes a wide variety of sizes and adds very intricate detail to her clay sculptures.

Dena has established herself as a fine artisan and continues to amaze collectors with her intricate efforts.

She signs her pottery as: Dena M. Suina, Cochiti/San Felipe Pueblo, N.M.

-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
-Southwestern Pottery Anasazi to Zuni
-Storytellers and Other Figurative Pottery

-1999 Santa Fe Indian Market 1st Place
-1999 New Mexico State Fair 4th Place
-Gallup Ceremonial 2nd place
-New Mexico State Fair 1st, 2nd and 3rd in
various years