Naranjo, Nicolasa & Roberta – Jar with Avanyu and Rain Designs (1980s)
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. In the 1980s and ’90s, she was often helped by her daughter, Roberta Naranjo (1946-2001). This jar has a high shoulder and a short neck. It is VERY highly polished to a glassy appearance. The neck of the jar has a rain and lightning pattern. Around the body of the piece is a water serpent. It is very complex in design and note opposite the head of the feather pattern, along with clouds as part of the design. The intricate painting is a nice complement to the highly polished surface. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nicolasa + Roberta”.