Tafoya-Sanchez, Linda – Square San Juan Bowl with Medallions
It is not often that Linda Tafoya-Sanchez creates redware pieces in the more classic San Juan style. This bowl is carved with four medallions, one on each side. The medallions are a rising sun, a butterfly, rain clouds and a corn plant. Each of these is a classic design depicting growth or prosperity. What is fascinating on this bowl is the surrounding complex carved designs. They are inspired by San Juan incised imagery and add to the complexity of the carving. These patterns are also either polished or slipped with mica! The intention here is to have a variety of surface textures and styles to reflect the light and enhance the designs. Linda began using the mica years ago when she was given some by a relative at San Juan. The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Linda Tafoya-Sanchez”.