Tapia, Tom & Sue – Large Bowl with 64 Feathers and Incised Designs (1990s)
This is one of the largest pieces we have had by Tom and Sue Tapia. The bowl was made, carved, and polished by Sue. The bottom has 64 carved feathers, alternating between polished and micaceous. The top is fully polished and etched with designs by Tom. There are is a large medallion with two rows of feathers and a sun face. Opposite is another double row of feathers and a Pueblo scene. Separating them is a Broadface Katsina and a Tewa drummer. There is an avanyu encircling the top of the shoulder. There are additional lizards, bear paw, bear fetish, katsina, and butterfly designs. It is a very complicated design both with the sgraffito and the carving. The reddish color in the area surrounding the sgraffito designs is a “signature” clay color for Tom’s pottery designs. The rim of the bowl is also carved and slipped with mica. The bowl is signed, “Tom & Sue Tapia”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.