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Tom Tapia is one of the most renown potters from San Juan Pueblo, creating a very intricate style of incised pottery. He is a son of Leonidas Cata Tapia and the husband of potter Sue Tapia. He learned to make pottery from his mother. He has won numerous awards for his pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Indian Fair.

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Tapia, Tom – Bowl with Katsina and Sun Medallions

This is a larger bowl by Tom Tapia.  It is highly polished and designed with four medallions.  One is a Sun, while the others are different katsina figures.  Separating the medallions are kivas with ladders.  Around the base is another katsina figure which encircles the piece and has feather and rain designs.  The bowl was fired black and then the reddish clay coloration is added after the firing.  It is this color combination for which Tom achieved recognition.  The bowl is signed, “Tom Tapia”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 600.00
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