Medicine Flower, Grace & Camillio Tafoya – Red and Black Bowl with Yei Figures (1971-2)
This is an unusual collaborative piece by Grace Medicine Flower and her father, Camilio Tafoya. It is from around 1971-2. It was fired “black-and-red”. It is a distinctive firing technique where areas of the piece (here, small medallions) are covered before the manure is put onto the vessel to turn it black. The bowl was made by Camilio and polished by Grace. She would then etch the designs into the clay before it was fired. The bowl has two sections with Yei figures etched into the clay. In the third section, there is a corn plant and two bear paws. The designed sections are red while the remainder of the bowl is black. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace and Camilio Tafoya”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.