Tafoya, Harriet – Bowl with Avanyu and Clouds
Harriet Tafoya is a sister of noted potter Annie Baca and was married to Elmer Red Starr. She is known for her highly polished traditional black-on-black pottery. This bowl is round in form and very highly polished. It is painted with a water serpent (avanyu) encircling the piece. The avanyu is tightly painted with small clouds above and below. There are also clouds around the rim of the bowl. It is fired a deep black coloration. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Harriet”.