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LuAnn Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo
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LuAnn Tafoya (b.1938)

LuAnn Tafoya learned to make pottery from her mother, Margaret Tafoya. She is renowned for her large vessels and variations on classic imagery and forms. LuAnn’s son, Daryl Whitegeese, has learned from his mother and continues in the Tafoya family tradition. LuAnn Tafoya has won numerous awards for her pottery, including “Best of Pottery” and “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of numerous museums around the country.

LuAnn is best known for her massive vessels, which are often inspired by her mother’s work. The classic “water jar” shape is of special importance to her, as she was instructed by her mother to keep the shape alive!  She is also one of the few potters to have created very large storage jars, which are coil-built and often over 20″ tall! LuAnn continues an amazing family legacy with her pottery, and it is exciting that she has also passed it on to her son, Daryl.  She continues to show at Santa Fe Indian Market and also at King Galleries.