Chavarria, Stella – Water Jar with Carved Avanyu and Feathers (1980s)
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 twelve 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.