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Jennifer Tafoya

Jennifer Moquino Jennifer Tafoya (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 1970s. 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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Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Green Frog Clay Figure

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures. This frog is polished with a green clay.  The green clay is one which is high in copper.  The back is fully polished and designed with geometric patterns.  The legs are matte.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 300.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Stegosaurus Clay Figure

This is a figurative clay dinosaur by Jennifer Moquino.  Jennifer has created a unique group of dinosaur figures.  This figure is a Stegosaurus and the sides are fully polished and designed.  The spines on the side are slipped with mica and there is a green clay painted on the side in triangular stripes.   The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  The piece is signed on the bottom.

Jennifer says of her dinosaur figures

“I have always been a huge fan of dinosaurs.  I didn’t have a bunch of dolls, I had dinosaurs.  If my mother would give me a Barbie doll, I’d give it to my sister.  I think working with animals that lived millions of years ago is fascinating and it’s fun learning how they lived. “

$ 1,800.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Wide Jar with Bees and Blossoms

This is a striking jar by Jennifer Tafoya.  She is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures!  This jar is an elegant shape with a wide shoulder and a short neck. The entire piece is very highly polished.  The top is very intricately designed.  There are cherry blossoms and note the intricacy of the flowers, the buds, and the branches!  There are four bees as part of the design.  They are very intricately designed and note that two of them even have pollen on their back legs!  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 3,500.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Ceratosaurus Dinosaur Clay Figure

This is a figurative clay dinosaur by Jennifer Moquino.  Jennifer has created a unique group of dinosaur figures.  This figure is a Ceratosaurus and the back is fully polished and designed with geometric patterns.  Note the detail on the head and the horn on the top of the note!  As the tail extends out backward, Jennifer created an amazing balance on this figure!  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  The piece is signed on the bottom.

Jennifer says of her dinosaur figures

“I have always been a huge fan of dinosaurs.  I didn’t have a bunch of dolls, I had dinosaurs.  If my mother would give me a Barbie doll, I’d give it to my sister.  I think working with animals that lived millions of years ago is fascinating and it’s fun learning how they lived. “

$ 600.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Jar with Parrots

Jennifer Tafoya is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures!  This jar is an elegant shape for her pottery.  It has a wide shoulder and a short neck.  The piece is highly polished and the top is fully designed. There are three parrots as the design.  Two of which are in flight and the third is a view of the bird’s head.  They are very intricately etched into the clay and note the detail in the feathers!  The background area has a mica clay slip which creates an additional contrast.  Surrounding the birds are additional cloud and lightning designs.  All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 2,800.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Spinosaurus Dinosaur Clay Figure

This is a figurative clay dinosaur by Jennifer Moquino.  Jennifer has created a unique group of dinosaur figures.  This figure is a Spinosaurus and the back is fully polished and designed.  The back spine is painted and slipped with a mica clay.  The sides are fully designed with geometric patterns.  Note the detail on the head!  As the tail extends out backward, Jennifer created an amazing balance on this figure!  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  The piece is signed on the bottom.

Jennifer says of her dinosaur figures

“I have always been a huge fan of dinosaurs.  I didn’t have a bunch of dolls, I had dinosaurs.  If my mother would give me a Barbie doll, I’d give it to my sister.  I think working with animals that lived millions of years ago is fascinating and it’s fun learning how they lived. “

$ 500.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Parasaur Dinosaur Clay Figure

This is a figurative clay dinosaur by Jennifer Moquino.  Jennifer has created a unique group of dinosaur figures.  This figure is a Parasaur and the back is fully polished and designed.  The figure is fired brown and there is a lot of design work on the body.  There is a great sense of motion with the turned head.  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  The piece is signed on the bottom.

Jennifer says of her dinosaur figures

“I have always been a huge fan of dinosaurs.  I didn’t have a bunch of dolls, I had dinosaurs.  If my mother would give me a Barbie doll, I’d give it to my sister.  I think working with animals that lived millions of years ago is fascinating and it’s fun learning how they lived. “

$ 1,200.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Compsognathus Dinosaur Clay Figure

This is a figurative clay dinosaur by Jennifer Moquino.  Jennifer has created a unique group of dinosaur figures.  This figure is an Ankylosaurus and the back is fully polished and designed.  There are cloud swirls and mountain designs on the back.  The spines on the side are slipped with mica and there is a green clay painted on the side in triangular stripes.   The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  The piece is signed on the bottom.

Jennifer says of her dinosaur figures

“I have always been a huge fan of dinosaurs.  I didn’t have a bunch of dolls, I had dinosaurs.  If my mother would give me a Barbie doll, I’d give it to my sister.  I think working with animals that lived millions of years ago is fascinating and it’s fun learning how they lived. “

$ 550.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Velociraptor Clay Figure

This is a figurative clay dinosaur by Jennifer Moquino.  Jennifer has created a unique group of dinosaur figures.  This figure is a Velociraptor and the back is fully polished and designed.  There are lightning and cloud designs.  Check out the head and the teeth as well as the large claw on the feet!  The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  The piece is signed on the bottom.

Jennifer says of her dinosaur figures

“I have always been a huge fan of dinosaurs.  I didn’t have a bunch of dolls, I had dinosaurs.  If my mother would give me a Barbie doll, I’d give it to my sister.  I think working with animals that lived millions of years ago is fascinating and it’s fun learning how they lived. “

$ 900.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – Ankylosaurus Clay Figure

This is a figurative clay dinosaur by Jennifer Moquino.  Jennifer has created a unique group of dinosaur figures.  This figure is an Ankylosaurus and the back is fully polished and designed.  There are cloud swirls and mountain designs on the back.  The spines on the side are slipped with mica and there is a green clay painted on the side in triangular stripes.   The colors are all derived from natural clay slips.  The piece is signed on the bottom.

Jennifer says of her dinosaur figures

“I have always been a huge fan of dinosaurs.  I didn’t have a bunch of dolls, I had dinosaurs.  If my mother would give me a Barbie doll, I’d give it to my sister.  I think working with animals that lived millions of years ago is fascinating and it’s fun learning how they lived. “

$ 1,200.00
Tafoya, Jennifer (Moquino) – “Butterflies & Pueblo Girl” Tile

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and exceptional realistic animals.  This is one of her smaller tiles.  It is fully polished and etched.  The piece has a Pueblo girl and butterflies.  The girl is designed in an “anime” style.  As figurative work on pottery is often discouraged at some of the Pueblos, this style of figure is less realistic and more imaginary.  The young girl here is surrounded by butterflies. Each one is a different style of butterfly.  The border on the side has a cloud and rain motif.  It is a contemporary and creative piece!  The tile is framed so that it can be mounted on a wall.  It is signed on the side.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 825.00
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