Tanner , Roy & Stella – Large Jar with Corn Maidens, Flute Players and Inset Turquoise (1980)
Stella Tanner (Kwa Povi) and her son Roy (Tsigowanu) began making pottery together in 1976. Stella was a granddaughter of Luteria Atencio, a daughter of Crucita Talalchy, and a sister of Mary Gutierrez and Joe Talachy. It was Luteria who taught them both to make pottery. Stella made and polished the pottery and Roy etched the designs into the surface. This is one of the largest pieces of their work we have come across. The jar has a low shoulder and an elongated neck. The neck of the jar has a feather pattern. On one side there are corn maidens with sun-faces and inset turquoise for the eyes. Between them is a Flute player riding on an antelope. As the jar is turned there are two more flute players with an agave and a corn plant. The flute players all have turquoise eyes. It is a very complicated and charming piece. It was made 1980. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Kwa Povi & Tsigowanu”. They stopped working around 1985 but during their brief career as potters, they won awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and Eight Northern Indian Market.