Medicine Flower, Grace & Camillio Tafoya – Red and Black Jar with Avanyu (1970’s)
This an unusual collaborative piece by Grace Medicine Flower and her father, Camilio Tafoya. It is from the early 1970’s and it was fired “black-and-red”. It is a distinctive firing technique where the piece is covered before the manure is put on to turn it black. The jar was made by Camilio and polished by Grace. She would then etch the designs into the clay before it was fired. This piece has a lightly etched avanyu on the neck and feathers around the shoulder. There is an additional little etched “medicine flower’ on the rim and near the base. It is a striking coloration and one which was an innovation by Joseph Lonewolf and also used by Grace and Camilio. A similar coloration was used by Tony Da but it is “black-and-sienna” as the “sienna” part is burned off after the firing (making “black and red” and “black and sienna” two different techniques). The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower and Camilio Tafoya”. The jar is in excellent with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.