Chavarria, Stella – Bowl with Carved Avanyu
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 carved avanyu encircling the bowl. The avanyu (water serpent) is a classic design for Santa Clara Pueblo. As the bowl is turned there are cloud and rain designs. Note as well the use of the negative space from the rim and up from the base. Tha has a similarity to the work of her mother. 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.