Tafoya, Jennifer – Dimetrodon Clay Figure
This is a figurative clay dinosaur by Jennifer Tafoya. Jennifer has created a unique group of dinosaur figures and vessels for our show, “Land of the Lost”. This figure is a Dimetrodon. The figure is all constructed with native clay. The spin along its back is fully polished while the rest is micaceous. This piece is very intricate in the etching. The spine on the back is etched on both sides. Note how she has created shading from the front to the back. The sides are etched along the body and tail. The head is wonderfully realistic, especially the eyes! The colors are all derived from natural clay slips. The piece is signed on the bottom, “Jennifer Tafoya”.
Jennifer says of her dinosaur figures
“I have always been a huge fan of dinosaurs. I didn’t have a bunch of dolls, I had dinosaurs. If my mother would give me a Barbie doll, I’d give it to my sister. I think working with animals that lived millions of years ago is fascinating and it’s fun learning how they lived.”