Tafoya, Stephanie – “Fall Aspens” Jar
Stephanie Tafoya is a 29-year-old great-granddaughter of Margaret Tafoya, a granddaughter of Lee Tafoya and the daughter of Mel Tafoya. She has learned to make pottery from her aunt, Linda Tafoya-Sanchez. Each piece is coil built, carved, stone polished and traditionally fired. This piece is part of her series entitled, “Seasons Changing”. Each piece that is part of this series represents the summer, winter, spring, and Fall. This jar is entitled, “Fall Aspens” and it is the largest of the group. The jar is carved with aspen trees on two sides. The trees are incised after firing to have more of the appearance of bark. Flowing down from the trees are aspen leaves. Separating the two sections with aspens are long swirling melon ribs representing river water. The jar was traditionally fired black. It is signed on the bottom. Her name in Tewa is “Khung Be”, which means Holly Berry. This is a hallmark she also puts on her pottery. Each piece also comes with a book telling her story and the story of this series of pottery (see last photo).
Stephanie said of this piece:
Fall is such a magical time of year as we get to experience the leaves changing, glowing, reflecting the sun as the wind blows. I love the colors, smells and crisp feeling in the air. This vase displays the tall aspen trees and the falling leaves we are privileged to see. I wanted the fine etched detail of the bark to give the realistic feeling of being near these striking trees. Fall is my favorite season.” Stephanie Tafoya