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Linda Tafoya

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez

Linda learned the art of making Pueblo pottery from her parents, Lee and Betty Tafoya, and she is a granddaughter of Margaret Tafoya.  Her early pottery was signed "Linda Tafoya-Oyenque" when she was living in San Juan Pueblo.  She currently lives back near Santa Clara Pueblo and signs her pottery, "Linda Tafoya-Sanchez."  She has won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market, and Heard Indian Market and She was also featured on the front cover of New Mexico Magazine in August 2006 and a featured artist in the 2011 Santa Fe Indian Market Magazine.  Linda's polish and deep carve in her mellon design brings each piece a wonderful complete polish refection.  She often uses a dimension of micaceous clay in her matte finish to complete the character of each work.  We are pleased to work with Linda and keep a good selection of her works online.

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Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Large Jar with Turtles

This new large by Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is stunning in design and polish.  The jar is a large piece with a lot of surface area for carving.  The top and bottom sections are fully carved and then stone polished.  They are carved with water and cloud motifs and note the thin lines of the carving!   Linda says that this style of her carving is inspired by the time she lived in Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and their classic incised pottery.   The central band is carved with turtles of various sizes.  They are each polished and surrounded by a micaceous clay slip.  The added texture of the mica and the smooth surface of the turtles gives the jar a striking visual appearance.  Linda says of the use of turtles in her pottery:

“The turtles are the prayer and hope to bring some rain.  There is a Turtle Dance they do in San Juan (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo). You will see the turtle shells on the backs of their legs. Sometimes they don’t stay in the same direction and they start twisting, just like I’ve placed them in various directions on the pot. The San Juan linear designs here resemble the lightning and the strikes you see in the sky.” Linda Tafoya-Sanchez, Spoken Through Clay

The piece was traditionally fired a deep red coloration.  It is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

$ 3,200.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Bowl with Four Designs

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and a daughter of Lee & Betty Tafoya.  She is known for her intricately carved pottery.  The bowl is deeply carved with four panels of designs. There is a bear paw and a corn plant on two of the panels. The other two are cloud patterns. The bowl is highly polished and traditionally fired.  The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.  The last photo is of her holding the piece when she recently brought it into the gallery.

“The clay is a really important part of making the pottery. Listening to family members talk about how they used to get clay with Grandma and Grandpa [Margaret & Alcario Tafoya] and how they would make it an all-day venture. You feel that family connection when you are digging the clay out of the earth. It ties you to your home. There’s no other place you are going to find that kind of clay. You think about how many years people have dug that clay out of the earth, how many years Mother Earth has provided that clay for us.”  Linda Tafoya-Sanchez, Spoken Through Clay

$ 2,200.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Jar with Butterflies and Carved Swirl Neck

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and a daughter of Lee & Betty Tafoya.  She is known for her intricately carved pottery.  The jar has butterflies carved around the shoulder.  The base has flower petals carved and the neck is a swirling rain design.  The rim of the jar is also carved with a flower style and it is slipped in mica.  The contrast of the mica on the rim and the fully polished jar is striking.  There is a lot of variation in style, design, and technique on this jar.  Linda was among the first Santa Clara potters to begin using the mica as a design element after she was given some by her San Juan Pueblo in-laws.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

“The clay is a really important part of making the pottery. Listening to family members talk about how they used to get clay with Grandma and Grandpa [Margaret & Alcario Tafoya] and how they would make it an all-day venture. You feel that family connection when you are digging the clay out of the earth. It ties you to your home. There’s no other place you are going to find that kind of clay. You think about how many years people have dug that clay out of the earth, how many years Mother Earth has provided that clay for us.”  Linda Tafoya-Sanchez, Spoken Through Clay

 

$ 1,600.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Jar with Cloud and Mesa Designs

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and a daughter of Lee & Betty Tafoya.  She is known for her intricately carved pottery.  The jar has a wide body and a fluted rim. The fluted neck undulates back and forth around the jar and it is slipped with a micaceous clay.  The body of the jar is carved with cloud, lightning, and mesa or mountain designs.  They are deeply carved into the clay.  The jar is highly polished and traditionally fired.  Interestingly, Linda was among the first Santa Clara potters to begin using the mica as a design element after she was given some by her San Juan Pueblo in-laws.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

“The clay is a really important part of making the pottery. Listening to family members talk about how they used to get clay with Grandma and Grandpa [Margaret & Alcario Tafoya] and how they would make it an all-day venture. You feel that family connection when you are digging the clay out of the earth. It ties you to your home. There’s no other place you are going to find that kind of clay. You think about how many years people have dug that clay out of the earth, how many years Mother Earth has provided that clay for us.”  Linda Tafoya-Sanchez, Spoken Through Clay

$ 900.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Tall Jar with Hummingbirds and Corn Plants

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and a daughter of Lee & Betty Tafoya.  She is know for her intricately carved pottery.  The jar is a variations of designs.  Two sections are fully polished with carved corn plants.  The opposite two medallions have hummingbirds as the design.  Linda’s hummingbirds are exceptional with the rounded bodies.  There are also areas where she has added a micaceous clay slip.  Linda was among the first Santa Clara potters to begin using the mica as a design element after she was given some by her San Juan Pueblo in-laws.  The jar is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

“The clay is a really important part of making the pottery. Listening to family members talk about how they used to get clay with Grandma and Grandpa [Margaret & Alcario Tafoya] and how they would make it an all-day venture. You feel that family connection when you are digging the clay out of the earth. It ties you to your home. There’s no other place you are going to find that kind of clay. You think about how many years people have dug that clay out of the earth, how many years Mother Earth has provided that clay for us.”  Linda Tafoya-Sanchez, Spoken Through Clay

$ 2,000.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Square San Juan Bowl with Medallions

It is not often that Linda Tafoya-Sanchez creates redware pieces in the more classic San Juan style.  This bowl is carved with four medallions, one on each side. The medallions are a rising sun, a butterfly, rain clouds and a corn plant.  Each of these is a classic design depicting growth or prosperity.  What is fascinating on this bowl is the surrounding complex carved designs.  They are inspired by San Juan incised imagery and add to the complexity of the carving. These patterns are also either polished or slipped with mica!  The intention here is to have a variety of surface textures and styles to reflect the light and enhance the designs.  Linda began using the mica years ago when she was given some by a relative at San Juan.   The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

$ 2,000.00
Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Mini Kiva Bowl

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and she is know for her carved pottery.  This small bowl is one of her few Kiva bowls. The rim of the bowl is carved with a three level “terrace” which represents the steps of the kiva.  It is a traditional design and form found on Pueblo paintings and pottery.  This bowl is fully polished on the outside and matte on the inside.  It is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Oyenque”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 350.00
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