Tafoya, Betty – Bowl with Kiva Step Design (1970s)
This is a classic bowl by Betty Tafoya. She was taught to make pottery by her husband, Lee Tafoya, who was a son of Margaret Tafoya. While they often collaborated on pottery throughout his career, she also made pieces on her own. This bowl is a round shape and it is carved with a kiva step design encircling the piece. It is a simple, but classic Santa Clara design. The entire piece is fully polished and fired a deep black. Betty was well known for the polishing on her pottery and taught that artistic skill to her daughter, Linda Tafoya. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Betty Tafoya”.