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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  – Large Jar with Cloud and Mountain Designs

This is large jar by Daryl Whitegeese with a wide, round shoulder.  This jar is carved around the center with a fascinating design.  As the jar is turned, it tells the story of the wind blowing across the water and then creating the clouds. The clouds buildup and billow out as a storm approaches.  The rain (lines descending downward) and the lightning are carved next and finally there is the end of storm with a gentle breeze now blowing over the mesas.  The jar is deeply carved with Daryl’s sharp edges.  The surface is very highly polished and the jar was traditionally fired.  The firing is exceptional on this piece as it has a very “water-like” appearance to the shine and it captures the shape, design and reflection of the light. 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!  Check out the recent section on him in the new “Cowboy’s and Indians” Magazine (August 2018)



$ 4,800.00
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Large Rainbow Ridge Water Jar with Bear Paw

This is a spectacular large water jar by Daryl Whitegeese.  Daryl said he was inspired by the shapes of the water jars made by his grandmother, Margaret Tafoya.  It’s not just the double shoulder, or rainbow ridge, but also the narrow neck which defines this jar. The jar is coil built and the rainbow ridge shoulder is always more complicated to make and keep the jar proportional. However, it is the added shoulder which gives the jar more reflective surfaces. The neck of the jar narrows in and then the lip is turned out. On the neck there is a single bear paw impressed into the clay. The bear paws represent a Tewa story where a bear led the Pueblo people to water during a drought.  This jar is fully stone polished to create the high shine.  It is a striking balance of form and polish.  It was traditionally fired black.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.  Definitely a classic piece keeping a family history alive!


$ 5,800.00
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
Whitegeese, Daryl  – Oval Bowl with 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 shape is one of his technically most difficult.  This bowl is carved on the outside with an avanyu.  The water serpent (or avanyu) is part of a Pueblo story where the Avanyu saves the village during a flood.  The bowl has an avanyu which encircles the piece.  The rim is also fully polished to a sharp edge.  The oval shape is unusual but adds to the distinctive sense of this piece.  The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay.

$ 2,700.00
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