Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Large Red and Black 22 Swirl Rib Melon Bowl
Linda Tafoya-Sanchez is a granddaughter of noted potter Margaret Tafoya and she is known for her carved pottery. This is a larger melon bowl that is carved with 22 ribs. They alternate between highly polished red and black mica. The red is deep in coloration and a strong contrast to the black. The ribs swirl from the rim to the base and follow the round shape of the bowl. This is such a visually dynamic style from Linda and I’m excited that she finally finished one for us! It was traditionally fired and the coloration is perfect. It is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.
Linda has said about her pottery:
“I think about the legacy of pottery in my family. Sometimes I’m holding the stone in my hand and thinking, I wonder if grandma’s hands were the same size as mine. My dad’s hands were a lot bigger than mine but everybody used the same rock and it just seemed to fit comfortably in their hand. You wonder how many pieces of pottery this rock has polished. 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 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