Tafoya, Camilio – Seedpot with Eight Dancers and Butterfly (1994)
This seedpot by Camilio Tafoya is from 1994. It is fully polished and fully designed. It is a very complex design. There are eight figures surrounding the side of the piece. Six of them are holding hands and one of them has a drum and the other is standing with its arms crossed. Each figure is etched with a different kilt and sash. The top of the seedpot has a butterfly. Note that the lighter matte red areas are where the polished red has been etched away. The colors are all added from various clay slips. Camilio was living with Joseph Lonewolf, his son, at the time he made this. Joseph would give him the clay slips to use for the colors. The piece is signed on the bottom “Camilio Sunflower Tafoya”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.