Naranjo, Nicolasa – Buff-on-Red Bowl with Avanyu (1960s)
Nicolasa Naranjo was a daughter of potter Tomasita Tafoya Naranjo and a niece of Margaret Tafoya. She created a wide variety of pieces over the years of her pottery career, including polychrome pieces as well as black-on-black pottery. This is a classic large bowl that is fully polished red. It is painted with buff-colored clay to create the avanyu that encircles the bowl. The design is then outlined with white clay. The deep red coloration creates a striking complement to the buff coloration. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nicolasa”.