Shirley Tafoya was the youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya. They each created distinctive styles of carved pottery. This is one of the only pieces Margaret made with her daughter, Shirley. Shirley told me when I was writing “Born of Fire” that Margaret had made the bowl and she asked Shirley to carve a kiva step design into the clay. Shirley then polished the bowl. The bowl is highly polished and traditionally fired. The kiva steps were a significant choice:
“The kiva step pattern is a classic design see on much of Margaret Tafoya’s pottery. That particular design has three steps, representing the kiva where religious ceremonies take place on the Pueblo. From the kitchen window of Margaret’s house, their clan kiva could also be seen while they worked. Again, the tradition of form and design, of passing on knowledge to the next generation, were all a daily presence in Margaret’s pottery and life”. Born of Fire, p. 100
This bowl is from the 1980’s and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Shirley Cactus Blossom Tafoya, Margaret Tafoya”. It is an amazing piece of history, culture and Pueblo tradition! The last photos are one from the book, Born of Fire along with a photo of Margaret and Shirley Tafoya.