Dianna Tahbo was known for her tightly painted pottery and especially her beautiful miniatures. This piece is from 1996 and it is an exceptional smaller work in clay. Dianne learned to make pottery from her brother, Mark Tahbo. This is a flat seedpot. The top is painted with a lizard which encircles the top of the piece. The lizard has a bow, and I think it is part of a Hopi story, as Mark made some pieces with a similar theme. The body of the lizard is stippled to create the “scales”. The bowl was traditionally fired so there are blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom, “Dianna Tahbo”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.
Dianna Tahbo was a sister of noted potter Mark Tahbo. She was also a great-great-granddaughter of Grace Chapella. She was known for her miniature pottery and fine line painting. Over the course of her career, she won numerous awards for her pottery including "Best of Miniatures" at Santa Fe Indian Market.