Tafoya, Pasqualita – Bowl with Plant and Rain Designs (1950s)
Pasqualita Tafoya was the only sister of noted potter SaraFina Tafoya and an aunt of Margaret Tafoya and Camilio Tafoya. She was also the matriarch of a family of renowned potters. Her early pottery was primarily carved vessels with some unusual styles of carved patterns. By the 1940s she began painting pottery vessels instead of carving. This bowl is fully polished and painted on the outside with a rainbow, rain, cloud, and lightning pattern. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Pascualita Tafoya”. Interestingly, there are numerous variations on the spelling of her name depending on the time period when they were made. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Definitely a rarity but also a fascinating part of Santa Clara Pueblo pottery history!