Tafoya, Stephanie – “Great-Grandmother” Mini Storage 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 small bowl is one of her first group of three pieces. The piece is simple in shape and fully polished. Stephanie says about the bowl:
“Although the bowl is plain, it reminds me of my great grandmother, Margaret Tafoya. This one I had a different design in mind, but as I held and looked at the pot I felt and saw her reflection in it and felt nothing further was needed this time. I loved the simplicity of it and really heard her along with my aunt Linda (Tafoya) as I polished.
The bowl 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.