Chavarria, Stella – Water Jar with Feathers and 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. It is a water jar with a round body and an elongated neck. Around the neck are carved feathers. Around the body of the jar is an avanyu. As the piece is turned the body of the avanyu has cloud and rain designs. 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.