Naranjo, Christina – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)
Christina Naranjo was a daughter of SaraFina Tafoya and a sister of Margaret Tafoya and Camilio Tafoya. She was known for her classic style of carved Santa Clara pottery. This is one of her classic carved pieces of pottery. The bowl is round and fully carved. There is an avanyu encircling the piece. Note how she used the negative space of the rim and the base to create a dynamic flow to the avanyu (water serpent). The style of her carving is certainly significantly different than that of her sister, Margaret Tafoya. The bowl was fired to a deep black coloration. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Christina Naranjo”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Christina has a wonderful legacy in the work of her daughters Mary Cain and Teresita Naranjo, as well as her great-granddaughters Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts.