Naranjo, Nicolasa & Roberta – Three Sided Bowl with Avanyu (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 bowl is triangular in shape when looking down from the top. It is painted with a water serpent (avanyu) encircling the piece. There are plant designs along with small rounded cloud patterns by the base. It was fired a dark black. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nicolasa + Roberta”.