Tafoya, Jennifer – “Six Pteradactyls Over the Ocean” Jar
This is a clay jar by Jennifer Tafoya. Jennifer has created a unique group of dinosaur figures and vessels for our show, “Land of the Lost”. This jar is fully polished and it is square in shape. On the top are four different flying dinosaurs. There is a “Thalassodromeus, Rhampohorhychus, Sinopterus, Preondactylus, and Pteranodon”. There are actually two Rhampohorhychus, for a total of six flying dinosaurs on top. In addition, there are a few flying fish. Each of the dinosaurs is depicted in great detail and movement. On the bottom are nine fish. Jennifer said she wanted to make it appear as if the Pteradacytls were flying over the water. It is an exceptional piece for the highly polished surface along with the amazing detail in each figure. 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.”