Naranjo, Teresita – Red Bowl with Carved Cloud Designs (1980s)
This is a classic carved bowl by Teresita Naranjo. Teresita was a daughter of Christina Naranjo and know for her deeply carved pottery. Each piece was coil built, carved, stone polished, and traditionally fired. This bowl has a low, rounded shoulder. It is deeply carved with interlocking cloud, rain, and lightning designs. Note the depth of the carving and her use of the negative space extending up from the base. Teresita was one of the first potters to create negative space carving on Pueblo pottery. The bowl is from the 1980s. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repairs. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Teresita Naranjo”. There are some scratches near the base, but otherwise, the carved surface is in excellent condition. It is easy to see how her great-niece Tammy Garcia was inspired by this work of her great-aunt!
“Some of my pieces of pottery are polished inside as well as outside. When we do wrong, we are like my pieces of pottery that I leave rough inside. Even if we polish ourselves outside, we stay rough inside. All my pottery is fired in an open fire, which determines the color. I really do enjoy making pottery, for I know God has given me this talent and the patience to do it.” —Teresita Naranjo, Spoken Through Clay