Tafoya, Pasqualita – Square Bowl with Cloud Designs (1950s)
Pasqualita Tafoya was the only sister of noted potter SaraFina Tafoya. She was also the matriarch of a family of renowned potters. Her early pottery was primarily carved vessels with some unusual carving styles. By the 1940s she began painting pottery vessels instead of carving. This bowl is fully polished and it is square in shape at the opening. The bowl is painted with cloud patterns, rain, and plant patterns. They are intricate designs on each of the four sides. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Pasqualita 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!