Tafoya, Severa – Jar with Polychrome Birds (1930’s)
Severa Tafoya was a sister of Van Gutierrez and her children included Angela Baca, Tonita Tafoya and, Lydia Tafoya. Other direct descendants include Paul Speckled Rock, Ray Tafoya, Tina Garcia, Greg Garcia, Robert Cleto Nichols, Jennifer Tafoya, and Jason Garcia. She was known for her polychrome and carved pottery along with her more traditional shapes and designs. This is one of the few polychrome pieces we have seen of work. However, as her brother was Van Gutierrez, it’s not unexpected to see such beautifully painted pottery. This jar is polished at the top and the base. The center band is painted with two birds. Each bird is highlighted with additional clay slips to create the coloration. The design is charming with the use of classic Santa Clara imagery to create the head and feathers. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Severa”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.