Tafoya, Camilio – Large Seedpot with Rabbits and Birds (1977)
This large seedpot by Camilio Tafoya is from 1977. It is fully polished and fully designed. As with many of his pieces, they were designed to tell a story. There are five rabbits running around the edge of the piece. In the sky are four birds. There are two large “fans” of eagle feathers in the sky. He has etched additional plant and cloud designs. On the side, there are additional flowers. Camilio first began making larger carved pottery like his sister, Margaret Tafoya. In the 1970s he began making pieces on his own when he was living with his daughter Grace Medicine Flower. All of the etching on his pieces was done before they were fired so that he was able to get the smooth tan coloration in the background. The piece is signed on the bottom “Camilio Sunflower Tafoya”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.