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Daryl Whitegeese

Daryl Whitegeese
daryl whitegeese

Daryl Whitegeese polishing a piece of his pottery (2013)

Daryl Whitegeese is the son of noted potter LuAnn Tafoya, and the grandson of Santa Clara pottery family matriarch Margaret Tafoya. Daryl has committed himself to creating classic Santa Clara style pottery.  You can see the expert polish and shape that his mother and grandmother handed down to him.  He creates traditional pottery where each vessel is coil built, sanded shaped and carved, then stone polished and native fired. He has built his reputation on reviving historic shapes and designs in his pottery along with a distinctive style of carving and highly polished surfaces. He has won numerous awards for his pottery over the past several years at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Indian Market. At Santa Fe Indian Market he was awarded the "Utilitarian Pottery" special award. In 2014 Daryl won "Best of Pottery" at the Heard Indian Market.

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Whitegeese, Daryl  – Tall Water Jar with Mesa and Rain Designs

I should start off by saying that is one of the tallest pieces we have had by Daryl Whitegeese.  Next, sometimes a photo just doesn’t do a piece justice and this is one of those times.  I realize looking at the photo that the top band looks “wavy” when in fact it is perfectly even.  I had a hard time capturing the size, shine and carving on this large jar.  I went for the polish and shape.  The jar is an elegant form with a tall shoulder which turns in and then rises up to the tall neck.  It is this proportionality which creates such an elegance to this piece.  The center of the jar is fully carved with a design which depicts the mesa and the clouds , along with the rain and lightning designs.  the carving is deep and the edges are VERY sharp. This style of carving has become a ‘signature’ for Daryl’s pottery.  The jar is stone polished and it a glassy black surface. Note as well the edge of the rim of the jar and how he has polished into the rim!  The size, shape and design all work perfectly on this piece. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Daryl has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and other events.  He remains one of the exciting traditional potters working today!  Simply stunning!

 

 

$ 5,700.00
Whitegeese, Daryl – Wide Shoulder Red Jar with Storm Designs

This is a spectacular wide shoulder jar by Daryl Whitegeese.  He is known for his use of traditional Santa Clara shapes and designs.  This wide shape is one which his mother, LuAnn Tafoya has made famous.  I didn’t think I had seen a piece this shape by Daryl before and when I asked him he said he had made three of them, but the other two didn’t survive the firing!  The jar has a wide shoulder and it is fully polished a very deep red.  The design is a storm pattern, with clouds, rain and lightning designs.  Typically for his work, the edges are very sharp and create a strong contrast to the matte slipped background.  The jar has been traditionally fired to give it a deep, red coloration.  It was a difficult piece to photograph, so some of the lines you see on the rim in white are just reflection.  The shape and polish work perfectly to reflect the light. Daryl has won numerous awards for his pottery including “Best of Pottery” at the 2015 Heard Indian Market.’  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay. aryl Whitegeese is known for his use of traditional Santa Clara shapes and designs.  This water jar is a graceful shape with a round body and a very sharp edged rim. The neck and base are fully polished red.  The design around the center is inspired by an early red bowl by his grandmother, Margaret Tafoya.  The design is cut into the clay and has a strong angular composition as the jar is turned. The background area surrounding the carving has been scraped away to reveal the tan clay coloration.  It’s a striking visual contrast to the highly polished surface.  The smooth matte areas are always difficult to keep smooth. If they are not smooth the shadow of any indentions are readily apparent.  The jar has been traditionally fired to give it a deep, red coloration. The shape and polish work perfectly to reflect the light. Daryl has won numerous awards for his pottery including “Best of Pottery” at the 2015 Heard Indian Market.

 

$ 5,200.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Long Neck Water Jar with Clouds & Mountains

This is a classic long neck water jar by Daryl Whitegeese.  The jar has a round body and an elongated neck. The rim is very sharp, which is always a bit of a surprise that it didn’t crack in the drying or polishing stage.  The neck is fully stone polished and the body of the jar is fully carved.  There is a cloud, kiva step, mountain, wind and prayer feather design which encircle the piece.  What makes the design interesting is the variations of circular and angular designs.  The full designs tell a story as the jar is turned and there is no repetition.  Typical of Daryl’s carving there are sharp edges to the carving.  The bottom of the jar is also fully polished.  The jar is highly polished and fired a dark black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Daryl has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and other events.  He remains one of the exciting traditional potters working today!

 

 

$ 3,500.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Water Jar with Bear Paws

This jar is a traditional jar by Daryl Whitegeese.  The jar has a double shoulder and a slightly turned out neck.  The inside rim of the neck is also polished.    It has four bear paws, which are impressed into the clay and then the entire surface is fully polished. The polishing on this piece gives it a very “glass-like” appearance.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 1,800.00
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