Tafoya, Agapita – Jar with Carved Rain and Lightning Designs (1940’s)
This is an exceptional larger jar by Agapita Tafoya. She was the wife of noted potter Camilio Tafoya and the mother of Grace Medicine Flower and Joseph Lonewolf. Agapita created most of her pottery from the 1930s to the early 1950s. This jar is from the 1940’s and it is deeply carved and stone polished. The jar is one of her most classic shape with a round shoulder and a short neck. Like much of her pottery, much of the clay is carved away to create the design. It is very distinctive for the time period. The jar has a triangular cloud design on the neck and the sides are rain and lightning patterns. There is an elegant symmetry to the form and the design. The piece is fully polished and fired dark black. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Agapita Tafoya”.