Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – “Puzzle” Carved Seedpot (1986)
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. This is one of her “puzzle” style seedpots from 1986. This seedpot is very deeply carved and highly polished. The design encompasses the entire surface of the seedpot. The seedpot is highly polished and traditionally fired. The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Oyenque”.
“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