Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Bowl with Four Designs
7.5"w x 5.5"h
Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and a daughter of Lee & Betty Tafoya. She is known for her intricately carved pottery. The bowl is deeply carved with four panels of designs. There is a bear paw and a corn plant on two of the panels. The other two are cloud patterns. The bowl is highly polished and traditionally fired. The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”. The last photo is of her holding the piece when she recently brought it into the gallery.
“The clay is a really important part of making the pottery. Listening to family members talk about how they used to get clay with Grandma and Grandpa [Margaret & Alcario Tafoya] and how they would make it an all-day venture. You feel that family connection when you are digging the clay out of the earth. It ties you to your home. There’s no other place you are going to find that kind of clay. You think about how many years people have dug that clay out of the earth, how many years Mother Earth has provided that clay for us.” Linda Tafoya-Sanchez, Spoken Through Clay