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Tina Diaz

Tina Diaz

Tina Diaz with Mary Cain

Tina Diaz is a daughter of noted potter Mary Cain, a granddaughter of Christina Naranjo and a sister of Billy Cain, Linda Cain and Joy Cain. Tina has skillfully created her own unique style of carving Santa Clara Pueblo pottery. She is one of only a handful of Santa Clara potters who has mastered the technique of polishing her pottery tan. The tan is the natural color of the clay and the most difficult to polish to achieve a high shine. We are pleased to be one of the few galleries in the country to represent the work of Tina. We have been working with her for over 18 years and we are excited everytime she brings us in several new works! Her high quality in carving, polish, coloration, and innovative style continues to be a visually and technically exciting.

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Diaz, Tina – Black Jar with Dragonfly Design

Tina Diaz is a daughter of Mary Cain and a sister of noted potters Joy, Linda and Billy Cain.  She makes very few pieces of pottery each year and this is one of the intricately carved black pieces.  The jar is very thin walled and fully carved.  The design is a series of two old style dragonflies.  They are separated by a cloud design and a line representing rain carved into the neck.  The neck is slipped with mica.  The carved areas of the jar are either stone polished or matte with a mica slip.  Note how her designs are very fluid from top to bottom.  As well, the background area which is matte is “rounded”, which adds another dimension to her pottery!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 400.00
Diaz, Tina – Black Jar with Avanyu

Tina Diaz is a daughter of Mary Cain and a sister of noted potters Joy, Linda and Billy Cain.  She makes very few pieces of pottery each year and this is one of the few carved black pieces.  The jar is very thin walled and fully carved.  The design is an avanyu (water serpent), which encircles the piece.  It is slipped in mica.  The remainder of the piece is fully carved and polished.  Note how her designs are very fluid from top to bottom.  As well, the background area which is matte is “rounded”, which adds another dimension to her pottery!  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 400.00
Diaz, Tina – Red and Tan Jar with Avanyu

Tina Diaz has skillfully created her own unique style of carving pottery.  She is one of only a handful of Santa Clara potters who has mastered the technique of polishing her pottery tan.  The tan is the natural color of the clay and the most difficult to polish to achieve a high shine.  This red and tan jar with a as a classic avanyu (water serpent) encircling the piece.  It is intricately carved with elaborate designs for the body of the piece.  Note the various sections which create swirls and various angles for the design.   It is always technically difficult to carve such sharp angles and delicate edges into the clay.  The background has the traditional cream colored slip, which few potters use today because it is difficult to apply.

$ 600.00
Diaz, Tina – Red & Tan Jar with Rain Swirls

Tina Diaz has skillfully created her own unique style of carving pottery.  She is one of only a handful of Santa Clara potters who has mastered the technique of polishing her pottery tan.  The tan is the natural color of the clay and the most difficult to polish to achieve a high shine.  This red and tan jar is fully carved with a rain swirl design on one side polished tan. There is a stylized bird next in tan with a red lightning pattern.  Next is a cloud with rain and plant designs near the base.  Finally, there is a red polished lightning pattern as the design returns to the tan rain swirls.  This jar is very intricately carved with elaborate designs for the body of the piece.  Note the various sections which create swirls and various angles for the design.   It is always technically difficult to carve such sharp angles and delicate edges into the clay.  The background has the traditional cream-colored slip, which few potters use today because it is difficult to apply.  The jar is signed in the bottom in the clay, “Tina Diaz”.  She slipped over the signature with the red clay slip, making it a bit difficult to read. 

$ 800.00
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