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Jennifer MoquinoJennifer Moquino

Jennifer Moquino Jennifer Moquino is a daughter of Ray and Emily Tafoya. The use of realism in their imagery has revitalized the style of sgraffito pottery originated by Joseph Lonewolf in the 1970's. Jennifer has won numerous awards for her pottery and is featured in books such as "Talking with the Clay", "Crafted to Perfection" and "Breaking the Mold". Jennifer has also been featured in recent magazine articles in "Native Peoples Magazine" and "Southwest Art Magazine" and won "Best of Pottery" for a collaborative jar at the 2013 Heard Indian Market Guild.  She has continued to be an award-winning potter at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Indian Market.  Jennifer uses the Native American traditional methods, of hand-coiled pottery, then shaping, polishing, and traditionally fired before applying scraffito.  She then paints natural ore colors and slips to her designs.  She collects and processes all of her pottery materials from natural sources.

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Moquino, Jennifer & Jason Ebelacker – Double Shoulder Water Jar with Cherry Blossoms

This is a striking collaborative jar by Jennifer Tafoya Moquino and Jason Ebelacker.  Jason is a grandson of Virginia Ebelacker and a great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya.  He continues in the family tradition of making large vessels.  The water jar is one of his striking shapes with a wide shoulder and then is has a sharp, flat curve and a second shoulder as it extends up to the neck! The rim of the jar is slightly turned out and polished on the inside. The jar has two bear paws and it is fired a deep red coloration.  The surface of the jar is etched by Jennifer Tafoya Moquino. She is known for her realistic etched designs.  On this jar Jennifer has etched a series of cherry blossoms around the surface of the jar.  It is a simple but elegant design which leaves open spaces to reveal the polishing. The petals and branches add just a slight detail to the surface of the jar.  It is a striking combination of design and shape.  Jennifer & Jason have collaborated on numerous pieces winning awards for their distinctive collaborations.  This jar won a Second Place ribbon at the 2018 Heard Indian Market.  It is exciting to see potters push beyond their comfort level in size and complexity of design.

$ 4,200.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Perch Clay Fish

This is a figurative piece by Jennifer Tafoya Moquino.  It is a perch and fully polished and etched.  Note the details on the sides and the various layers.  The piece is signed on the bottom.  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.

$ 140.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Jar with Peony Flowers

This is a striking jar by Jennifer Moquino.  It is fully polished and has a high shoulder and a slight neck. Around the neck is a rain and cloud pattern.  Around the body of the jar are etched peony flowers.  They are delicately designed and etched into the clay.  The very subtle coloration is from the natural clay slips she uses to add color to her work.  Jennifer has used flowers as an accent to many of her pieces, so it is exciting to see her do something with just flowers!  As well, check out the polishing overall, which has a very high shine!  It is signed on the bottom.  It is this creative evolution in her work which keeps  Jennifer as one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 1,875.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Jar with Four Koi & Waves

This is a larger jar by Jennifer Moquino.  It is fully polished and has a wide shoulder and a small neck. The jar is very intricately etched with four koi fish.  Each is painted with different clay slips to create the dynamic coloration. Check out the movement of the koi as well as the waves!  They all have a sense of motion and movement!  Not only did she use clay slips, but also mica clays, which give the whole piece a bit of “sparkle”.  The bottom has plum blossoms, along with those on the top.  As well, check out the polishing overall, which has a very high shine!  Perfect balance to the intricate designs.  It is signed on the bottom.  It is this creative evolution in her work which keeps  Jennifer as one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 3,800.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Canteen with 4 Carved Trout

This is an exceptional carved piece by Jennifer Moquino.  This is her first carved canteen. The interesting part about the carving for her work is that it is done even before the piece is polished so it takes more planning.  Here, there are four trout carved into the clay.  Note as well how she carved into the background area which is matte with little air bubbles and water ripples!  The fish are Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Gila Trout.  Each of the different trout is etched and highlighted with natural clay slips. The deep caring around them gives them added dimension.  The sides of the canteen are also carved with bear tracks on one side, and water swirls on the other. The polished surfaces are glassy.  Jennifer said it took her hours to polished this piece but the result is striking. The handles and the mouth of the canteen are matte.  It is signed on the bottom.  It is this creative evolution in her work which keeps  Jennifer as one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 3,200.00
Moquino, Jennifer & Jason Ebelacker – Water Jar with Kirin Dragons

This is a collaborative jar by Jennifer Moquino and Jason Ebelacker.  Jason is a great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya and he make, polishes and fired the vessel.  Jennifer then etches the surface with her intricate designs. Together they have been winning awards for their exceptional collaborative works.  Jennifer made a smaller Kirin jar several years ago for one of our shows and a collaborative piece with Russell Sanchez.  This one is a striking shape and very complicated in design with four interconnected Kirin dragons.  Why the Kirin?  The Kirin is a mythical hooved chimerical creature known in Chinese and other East Asian cultures, said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler.  Jennifer has long been fascinated with Asian culture and tying imagery like the Kirin to that of the Avanyu in Pueblo culture.  Here, they are highly detailed and check out the expressions on the faces!  The deep black and very highly polished surface of the jar add to the overall impact of the piece.  All the various colors are from natural clay slips.  Jennifer is extraordinary in her use of realism on her pottery and capturing a moment in time.

$ 6,400.00
Moquino, Jennifer – Carved Jar with Magpies

This is Jennifer Moquino’s second jar which she has carved. The jar was carved before it was fired and she has created the design of the magpies.  The background flower and cloud designs have both micaceous and matte areas. The polish on the jar is glassy, as can be seen especially on the neck of the piece.  There are four magpies carved into the clay, polished and then etched on the surface with the realistic designs.  Check out the detail in the heads, wings the tails.  Jennifer said that she had several magpies in her yard and studied them to get the coloring correct.  There is a beautiful flow to the birds as they circle around the piece.  Around the neck are carved cloud designs.  All the colors are from natural clay slips.  It is an exciting change to see Jennifer begin carving into her pottery and the results are certainly exceptional!

$ 3,400.00
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