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Stella Chavarria is a daughter of noted potter Teresita Naranjo and a granddaughter of Christina Naranjo. This is a classic piece of her pottery. The bowl has a sharp shoulder and sloping side. It is deeply carved with an avanyu (water serpent) encircling the piece. Above the avanyu are rounded clouds. The body of the avanyu has cloud, mountain, and rain designs. The designs are deeply carved into the clay. There is certainly a similarity to the work of her mother (Teresita Naranjo) with the style of carving and carving depth. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Stella Chavarria”. The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. While Stella makes very little pottery today her work continues to reflect Santa Clara pottery traditions.