Tapia, Belen – Polychrome Bowl with Feather Designs (1980s)
Belen Tapia was a diverse potter creating everything from painted to carved pottery. This bowl is from the 1980s and at that time she had moved from carved pottery to polychrome pottery. The bowl is fully polished red and painted with gray, red, and white clay slips. The design is a classic feather pattern that encircles the bowl. There are triangular clouds in each of the feathers. Belen painted white clay in thin lines to outline the entire design. This style was begun in the 1940s and was time-consuming to create. However, the result is a visually striking color combination. Belen Tapia was a nice of Sara Fina Tafoya and the mother of Anita Suazo, and Anna Archuleta. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Belen Tapia”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.