Tapia, Belen – Red Carved Jar with Mountain Designs (1970’s)
Belen Tapia was a diverse potter creating everything from painted to carved pottery. This jar is from the 1970’s and at that time she was making primarily carved pottery. Belen Tapia was a niece of Sara Fina Tafoya and the mother of Anita Suazo, and Anna Archuleta. This jar is very deeply carved with a mountain or kiva step pattern on two sides. Separating the mountains are cloud, wind and rain patterns. It is unusual as it is a very fluid design across the surface. The neck of the jar is just slightly turned out. The surface is highly polished and the background area has the traditional cream-colored clay slip. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.