Chavarria, Stella – Jar with 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 jar has a shape with a rounder shoulder and short neck. The piece is carved with a water serpent (avanyu), which encircles the piece. The designs are deeply carved into the clay. There is certainly a similarity to the work of her mother with the style of carving and carving depth. It is signed on the bottom in the clay. 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.