Tafoya, LuAnn – Jar with Rain and Lightning Designs
LuAnn Tafoya is a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and learned to make the large vessels from her mother. This jar is one of her classic shapes with a carved band and large polished sections on the top and bottom. The top large polished area certainly shows off LuAnn’s talent for polishing! The central band is very intricately carved with cloud, lightning, and rain designs. The band along with bottom is “the path”. LuAnn said of this:
“My dad (Alcario) told me about the water waves and mountain designs. The straight lines mean a path, and it’s always on there.” LuAnn Tafoya, Spoken Through Clay
The jar is highly polished to a glassy finish. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “LuAnn Tafoya”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. The pottery of LuAnn Tafoya is an important continuation of the traditions of her family and the pueblo.