Tapia, Mae – Square Polychrome Bowl with Rain and Cloud Designs
3"w x 2"h
Mae Tapia was known for her intricately etched miniature pottery. She was a daughter of potters Joe and Santanita Suazo. Her sisters include Martha Suazo (the wife of Art Cody Haungooah), Margie Naranjo, Candelaria Suazo, and Shirley Duran. This is an early piece of her pottery. It is fully polished red and painted with red, white, and brown clay slips for the color. The designs are rain and cloud patterns. The piece was traditionally fired red. It is signed on the bottom, “Mae Tapia”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.
Mae Tapia was a daughter of noted potter Santanita Suazo. She was known for her miniature pottery and use of Mimbres inspired designs. She won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, Gallup Ceremonials and other events.