Tafoya, Stephanie – “Ram Dance” Mini 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 pieces. The design is a rising and setting sun. The bowl is very thin and delicately carved. Stephanie says about the jar:
“The bowl is inspired by the Ram Dance at Santa Clara Pueblo. On those special Feast Days we dance from sunrise to sunset. It is the most meaningful and scared dance and not done often”
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.