Tahbo, Alma Chapella – Jar with Moth Design (1970s)

8"w x 5.5"h

$ 1,600.00

Alma Chapella Tahbo (1915-1993) was a daughter of noted potter Grace Chapella.  She was the mother of Deanna Tahbo and the grandmother of Mark Tahbo and Dianna Tahbo.  Alma often helped her mother Grace with her pottery in the 1970s.  This is one of the few signed pieces we have had by Alma.  The bowl is fully polished and has a round shape and a short neck.  The design is the classic moth design, made famous by her mother. There are three moths on the jar painted with bee-weed and highlighted with red clay slip.  Next to each moth are triangular shapes that represent the three Hopi mesas.  Next to the mesas are stars at night.  The jar was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface.   It is signed, “Alma Tahbo”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.