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Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Large Jar with Turtles

Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Large Jar with Turtles

9"w x 9"h
$ 3,200.00
Availability: In stock

This new large by Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is stunning in design and polish.  The jar is a large piece with a lot of surface area for carving.  The top and bottom sections are fully carved and then stone polished.  They are carved with water and cloud motifs and note the thin lines of the carving!   Linda says that this style of her carving is inspired by the time she lived in Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and their classic incised pottery.   The central band is carved with turtles of various sizes.  They are each polished and surrounded by a micaceous clay slip.  The added texture of the mica and the smooth surface of the turtles gives the jar a striking visual appearance.  Linda says of the use of turtles in her pottery:

“The turtles are the prayer and hope to bring some rain.  There is a Turtle Dance they do in San Juan (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo). You will see the turtle shells on the backs of their legs. Sometimes they don’t stay in the same direction and they start twisting, just like I’ve placed them in various directions on the pot. The San Juan linear designs here resemble the lightning and the strikes you see in the sky.” Linda Tafoya-Sanchez, Spoken Through Clay

The piece was traditionally fired a deep red coloration.  It is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.

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Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda (b. 1962)

Linda Tafoya

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez

Linda learned the art of making Pueblo pottery from her parents, Lee and Betty Tafoya, and she is a granddaughter of Margaret Tafoya.  Her early pottery was signed "Linda Tafoya-Oyenque" when she was living in San Juan Pueblo.  She currently lives back near Santa Clara Pueblo and signs her pottery, "Linda Tafoya-Sanchez."  She has won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market, and Heard Indian Market and She was also featured on the front cover of New Mexico Magazine in August 2006 and a featured artist in the 2011 Santa Fe Indian Market Magazine.  Linda's polish and deep carve in her mellon design brings each piece a wonderful complete polish refection.  She often uses a dimension of micaceous clay in her matte finish to complete the character of each work.  We are pleased to work with Linda and keep a good selection of her works online.
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