Medicine Flower, Grace & Camillio Tafoya – Red & Black Jar with Figures & 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 two sides. Separating them are two red medallions. One has a Mudhead Clown figure and the other a Rain Dancer. There is a striking coloration of the red against the black. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicne Flower and Camilio Tafoya”. The jar is in excellent with no chips,cracks, restoration or repair.