Tafoya, Stephanie – “First Flight” Mini Jar with Carved Feathers
Stephanie Tafoya is a 28-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 small jar is one of her first pieces. There are 24 carved feathers as the designs. The piece has a classic water jar shape and it is highly polished. Stephanie says about the jar:
“The feathers symbolize my “first flight” as an artist and continuing my family traditions and designs.”
The jar was traditionally fired black. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “S. T, ’19”. Her name in Tewa is “Khung Be”, which means Holly Berry. This is a hallmark she also puts on her pottery.