Tafoya, Jennifer – Water Jar with Chickadees and Butterflies
Jennifer Tafoya is known for her clay vessels and also her amazing animal figures! This is a striking water jar shape that is fully polished and has a fluted rim. The jar is etched with eight chickadees as the design. She said she was going to use Japanese Sparrows, but the local chickadees had a similar appearance and so she placed them in a more Asian background. Look closely at the feathers, they are realistic in appearance! Jennifer said she counted on ONE bird as she was etching that there are over 300 feathers etched into the clay. The birds are surrounded by cherry blossoms and even a few small butterflies. The highly polished surface is a perfect background to this intricate jar. All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Jennifer Tafoya”.