Tafoya, Agapita – Polychrome Wedding Vase (1930’s)
Agapita Tafoya 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 wedding vase is from the 1930s. One way we can tell is the color of the red clay slip, which was darker in the 1930’s and early 1940’s and then the Santa Clara potters began to use another red clay for their slip and it was a lighter reddish-orange coloration. This wedding vase has a cloud and flower design on both sides. The vase has five different colors of clay, which makes it a true “polychrome” (which is more than 3 colors). Note as well the “blue/gray” clouds, which are a combination of two colors. This is also distinctive for this time period. The piece is fully polished and fired red. The wedding vase is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Agapita Tafoya”.