Naranjo, Nicolasa – Water Jar with Avanyu and Feather Design (1968)
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 jar was originally purchased in 1968. It is a classic long neck water jar. It is painted black-on-black with a feather pattern around the neck and an avanyu around the body of the jar. It is one of the earlier pieces I have had of her work and one of the more intricately painted. It is very highly polished and fired black. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nicolasa”.