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Tafoya, LuAnn – Mini Red Jar with Avanyu

Tafoya, LuAnn – Mini Red Jar with Avanyu

2.5"w x 3"h
$ 625.00
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This is another classic miniature from LuAnn Tafoya.  She is a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and known for her large, highly polished pottery.  This jar is a classic shape for Santa Clara pottery with the sloping sides.  It is deeply carved with a water serpent encircling the piece.  The water serpent (avanyu) is part of a story where it saves the village from a flood.  That is why as the jar is turned the body of the avanyu consists of cloud and rain pattern.  However, that also gives the jar a distinctive appearance as it is turned beyond just the one design.  The jar is very highly polished and traditionally fired.  The color is a striking deep red.  The recessed area surrounding the carving is filled in using a white or cream-colored clay.  This creates a striking visual contrast between the tan and red areas.  The coloration is beautiful and the shape of his piece is a great example of her skill, creativity, and commitment to traditional Santa Clara pottery.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.

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Tafoya, Luann (b. 1938)

LuAnn Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo

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. LuAnn Tafoya learned to make pottery from her mother, Margaret Tafoya. She is renown for her large vessels and variations on classic imagery and forms. Her son, Daryl Whitegeese has learned from his mother and continues in the family tradition. LuAnn Tafoya has won numerous awards for her pottery, including "Best of Pottery" and "Best of Show" at Santa Fe Indian Market. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of numerous museums around the country. LuAnn is best known for her massive vessels which are often inspired by the work of her mother. The classic "water jar" shape is one that is of special importance to her, as she was instructed by her mother to keep the shape alive!  As well, she is one of the few potters to have created the very large storage jars, which are coil built and often over 20" tall!  Margaret continues an amazing family legacy with her pottery and it is exciting that she has also passed it on to her son, Daryl.  She continues to show at Santa Fe Indian Market and also at King Galleries. ,.
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