Tafoya, Lee & Betty – Large Jar with Deep Carved Avanyu (1979)
This is one of the largest piece we have had by Lee and Betty Tafoya. Lee was the only son of Margaret Tafoya to make pottery. The jar was made and carved by Lee and then polished by Betty. The head of the avanyu has a very square shape, which was very typical of his work. The jar is fully carved with very angular cloud and rain designs and then highly polished. It was traditionally fired a deep black. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Betty & Lee Tafoya”. It is dated 1979. The jar is in very condition with no chips, restoration, or repair. There are some slip cracks from the firing which can be seen in the photos.