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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  – Black Water Jar with Rainbow Design

Daryl Whitegeese is known for his use of classic Santa Clara forms and his amazing polished surfaces.  This jar is a classic shape with a low round body and a slightly turned out neck.  The jar is fully carved with a rainbow pattern with rain extending downward and two corn plants in each section.  The jar is very deeply carved and the edges almost feel sharp to the touch! The jar is very highly polished and fired a glossy black.  Note as well the rim of the jar, which almost seems to have a sharp edge, which is difficult to achieve with stone polishing the surface.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,800.00
Whitegeese, Daryl – Red and Tan Jar with Rising and Setting Sun Design

This is one of the first red and tan jar we have had by Daryl Whitegeese.  He is known for his use of traditional Santa Clara shapes and designs.  This jar is a wide shape and fully polished a deep red on the top and the bottom.  The central area is carved with a mesa design and rising and setting sun designs. The central area is polished tan, which is always difficult to create. The tan areas are where water (not clay slip) is applied to the surface of the piece and then stone polished.  Push to hard and it is streaky but not hard enough and it won’t have a shine.  This jar has an amazing coloration for both the red and tan areas. There is the traditional cream colored clay which he has used in the recessed areas which have been carved out.  Typically for his work, the edges are very sharp and create a strong contrast to the matte slipped background.  Daryl has won numerous awards for his pottery including “Best of Pottery” at the 2015 and 2019 Heard Indian Markets.   The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

 

$ 3,400.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Large Oval Bowl with Carved Avanyu

Daryl Whitegeese is known for his traditional style Santa Clara pottery.  He coil builds amazing shapes which are then carved and stone polished.  This bowl is elongated with an oval shape.  This bowl is carved on the outside with an avanyu which encircles the entire piece.  Look closely and you can also see a micaceous slip in the background area surrounding the polished designs.  Daryl said this was one of his first attempts to use a mica background instead of matte.   The water serpent (or avanyu) is part of a Pueblo story where the Avanyu saves the village during a flood.  The rim is also fully polished to a sharp edge.  The inside is matte.   The oval shape is unusual but adds to the distinctive sense of proportionality to this piece.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 3,300.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Rainbow Ridge Water Jar with Bear Paw

This is a striking water jar by Daryl Whitegeese.  Daryl said he was inspired by the shapes of the water jars made by his grandmother, Margaret Tafoya.  The jar has the classic double shoulder or “rainbow ridge”.  This is not just an added coil on the surface, but if you feel inside the jar, you can actually feel the second shoulder.  I wrote of the rainbow ridge on Santa Clara pottery:

“Sarafina was inspired by the myths and legends of Santa Clara Pueblo, which were incorporated into her pottery. On the shoulder of her water jars, a second raised section or ‘double shoulder’ created a ‘rainbow band.’ This band was a prayer to keep the water from evaporating from the jar.” —CHARLES S. KING, 2008, Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya

The jar is highly polished and traditionally fired a dark black.  There is a single bear paw as the design on one side of the neck.  The bear paws represent a Tewa story where a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.   The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Definitely a classic piece keeping family history alive!  Congrats to Daryl who recently won “Best of Pottery at the Heard Museum Indian Market in 2019!

$ 4,500.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Red Water Jar with Rain and Cloud Designs

Daryl Whitegeese is known for his use of classic Santa Clara forms and his amazing polished surfaces.  This jar is is a classic water jar with a around shoulder and an elongated neck. The jar is carved around the shoulder with series of designs which represent the clouds, mountains, rain and wind.  It is a striking use of imagery which depicts seasonal changes at the Pueblos.  The jar is very deeply carved and the edges almost feel sharp to the touch! The jar is polished a deep red and has been traditionally fired.  Note as well the rim of the jar, which almost seems to have a sharp edge, which is difficult to achieve with stone polishing the surface.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Daryl Whitegeese remains one of the exciting potter to revive traditional designs and shapes working today at Santa Clara Pueblo.

$ 5,100.00
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