Tafoya, Jennifer – “Blooming Blossoms” Large Water Jar
Jennifer Tafoya is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures! This is a larger piece of her pottery. The exterior is slipped with several layers of mica to create an even tonation. She then etched blooming blossoms into the clay. They are realistic in appearance and highlighted with additional clay slips for coloration. The interior neck of the jar is fully polished. The contrast of the micaceous surface and the polished neck is striking and draws the eye to the design on the surface. While Jennifer may be well known for her animal portrayals, her flowers are depicted with equal realism and beauty as they flow and bloom across the surface. Maybe one of the best parts of the design is the bark of the branches. Note the detail and coloration that make them almost appear real! All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jennifer Tafoya”. Definitely an exceptional piece of her pottery art.