Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Jar with Seven Butterflies (2019)
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 jar is a classic Tewa shape with a round shoulder and a short neck. The design is a series of butterflies carved into the panels encircling the piece. There are a total of seven butterflies. Note how the wings of each are made up of kiva step patterns! They are deeply carved into the clay. The entire jar is highly polished and traditionally fired. The jar is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.
“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