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 water jar shape with an elongated neck. The neck is fully carved with a feather pattern. There are 18 deeply carved feathers encircling the jar. Around the body of the piece is an avanyu (water serpent). 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.
Stella Chavarria is a daughter of noted potter Teresita Naranjo and a granddaughter of Christina Naranjo. Stella is known for her deeply carved pottery and use of classic Santa Clara imagery and shapes. She has won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market. She was one of the potters featured in the 1974 exhibit, “Seven Families in Pueblo Pottery”.