Tafoya, Shawn – Bowl with Corn Maiden (1990)
Shawn Tafoya (b. 1968) is a son of Lucy Year Flower Tafoya, a grandson of Camilio Tafoya, and a great-grandson of SaraFina Tafoya. He is a brother of Forrest Tafoya, Kelli Little Katchina, and Myra Little Snow. He began making art at the age of five. Although Shawn is a traditionalist in terms of material and technique, his pottery and Pueblo embroidery work is strikingly innovative, and he is well known for it. He has won numerous awards for his work and has participated in many shows and exhibitions. Interestingly, Shawn is also one of the most gifted Pueblo textile embroiderers working today and teaches this traditional art throughout the northern villages. His pottery is often a unique balance of traditional and contemporary. This is an open bowl, somewhat in the style of Mimbres pottery. The interior is painted with a Santa Clara-style Corn Maide dancer. The bowl is painted with clay slips and there is a small spirit line painted into the design. The surrounding are has a speckled or mottled appearance. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Shawn Tafoya”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.