Tanner , Roy & Stella – Seedpot with Koshari and Skunk (1983)
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 bowl is polished red and almost fully designed. There is a Koshari clown running one direction, away from a skunk. There is a very tightly etched feather pattern that extends away from the Koshari and flows around to near the rim. Each feather gets smaller as they swirl upward and they are all polished! The base area is also fully polished and the background matte are is etched in a vertical manner. It was made in 1983. 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.