Medicine Flower, Grace & Camillio Tafoya – Red & Black Bowl with Yei Figures (1970s)
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 areas the piece (here, the top half) is covered before the manure is put on 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 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.