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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 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 Tafoya – “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
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Square Jar with Four Bumblebees

Jennifer Moquino is known for her clay vessels and exceptional realistic animals. This jar is coil built and fully polished.  It is a wonderful shape which is square on the sides and VERY flat on the top. Technically that is always difficult to achieve with native clay. The flat area has four large bumblebees as the design.  They are each a different type of bee.  Note the wings, which somehow Jennifer etched and slipped to make the almost appear transparent!  It is quite exceptional.  The neck of the jar has small dots of pollen which swirl around the opening.  The detail on each bee is simply fantastic.  Around the edges are stylized designs which are reminiscent of those by her father, Ray Tafoya.  The bottom is also fully polished.  All the colors are all from natural clay slips.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jennifer Tafoya”.  Jennifer continues to be one of the leading innovative potters working today!

$ 1,500.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Water Jar with Cherry Blossoms

This is a striking water jar by Jennifer Moquino.  The jar is coil built and is a classic Santa Clara water jar shape with the indented shoulder and slightly turned out rim.  The exterior of the jar is slipped with mica and the inside of the neck is fully polished. The jar is fired black and it is a great coloration with reflections from the mica.  Jennifer said that because she used a micaceous slip, that she was not able to outline the design in advance and it all had to be designed free-hand!  The design is a simple group of Cherry Blossoms which extend up from the base.  The detail in each blossom is exquisite, as she mixes the various clay colors to create the right shading for the blossoms.  Even the wood of the tree is perfectly etched!  She added some falling petals on the inside of the neck as well, in the polished area.  The jar is a dynamic combination of design and shape.  It is signed on the bottom of the clay. The jar is an exciting variation in her forms, scale, and designs.

$ 3,500.00
Moquino, Jennifer Tafoya – Large Flat Shoulder Jar with Fish

This is the largest jar by Jennifer Moquino we have had in a while.  It is fully polished and has a wide shoulder and a small neck.  Check out the shape of the jar as the shoulder is very sharp which gives the jar a striking appearance.  The piece is fully polished and it is thin walled. The design on the top consists of Black Moor Goldfish and Cherry Blossoms.  There are elegant water swirls and surrounding the fish.  Check out their coloration with the red and the contrast with the white and blue waves and the pink blossoms.  As the jar is turned over, the sharp shoulder descends into a sloping base which has additional cherry blossoms. The highly polished surface enhances the delicately etched designs.  Each fish has a distinct appearance of motion and movement!  Not only did she use clay slips, but also mica clays, which give the whole piece a bit of “sparkle”.  This jar has a 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!

$ 5,800.00
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