Tafoya, Stephanie – “Puye Cliffs” Bowl
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 bowl is inspired by the Puye Cliffs near Santa Clara Pueblo. Here the step opening represents the cliff dwellings and the dots are the doors and windows. The bowl is fully polished and traditionally a deep black. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Stephanie Tafoya”. Her name in Tewa is “Khung Be”, which means Holly Berry. This is a hallmark she also puts on her pottery.
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