Tafoya, Shirley – Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1980)
Shirley Tafoya was the youngest daughter of Margaret Tafoya and known for her miniature pottery. This bowl is from 1980. It is very deeply carved with a water serpent encircling the piece. The entire surface is fully polished. Shirley etched the eye and the mouth of the avanyu. The water serpent is a classic Santa Clara design telling the story of how the avanyu saved the village from a flood. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Shirley Cactus Blossom Tafoya”. A classic of Tafoya Family pottery!