Tafoya, Kelli Little Katchina – Jar with Carved Avanyu (1988)
This is a very intricately carved small jar by Kelli Little Katchina Tafoya. She was a daughter of Lucy Year Flower, a granddaughter of Camilio Tafoya, and a niece of Joseph Lonewolf and Grace Medicine Flower. She began making pottery in the 1970s and focused mostly on miniatures. This piece is very deeply carved with a water serpent (avanyu) as the design. Note in the background areas where it is matte, she has also carved it into a linear rounded texture. As the piece is turned there are rain clouds and mountain designs. The jar was traditonally fired a deep black coloration. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Kelli Little Katchina”.