Tafoya, Jennifer – Pteradactyl 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 Pteradactyl. The figure is all constructed with native clay. The wings, back, and head are all fully polished. The back of the wings are etched with eagle feathers and cloud designs. Along its back is a lightning design (as if this was a Thunderbird?). The front of the wings are also etched with eagle feathers. Check out the head, which is very intricately etched and designed. 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.”