Santa Clara and San Ildefonso have both been known for black pottery for over three centuries.
A Santa Clara tradition is the creation of large storage jars with an indented bear paw design. The near-legendary families of Tafoya, Naranjo, Navasie and Gutierrez continue to make some of the finest pots in the world. Margaret Tafoya, the matriarch of Santa Clara Pueblo potters, passed away in February 2001 at the age of 96.
This is an exquisite pot exquisitely made by Christina Naranjo 1892-1980 and Mary Cain. It is a beautiful piece made with the incised style of the Santa Clara Pueblo. It measures 7 1/2 inches by 9 inches.
Edna Romero comes from one of the best known and innovative Pueblo pottery families. She is the daughter of potter Rose Naranjo Her sisters Rina Swentzell, Tessie Naranjo, Tito Naranjo, Jody Folwell, Dolly Naranjo, Michael Naranjo and Nora Naranjo-Morse and her nieces and nephews Roxanne Swentzell, Jody Naranjo, Susan Folwell, Polly Rose Folwell, Dusty Naranjo and Forrest Naranjo are among the core of Santa Clara potters creating exciting new designs. Edna breaks from the Santa Clara tradition by using micaceous clay from the Taos Pueblo.
This beautiful piece is 13” x 11”
Frances M. Chavarria actively made pottery from 1930 to 1970. She was the daughter of Cynthia Tafoya and wife of Antonio Chavarria. A number of her pots are in the Heard Museum collection in Phoenix Arizona.
Santa Clara Pottery by Jody Folwell, CPOTWTC14-04. Beautiful large pot with fish design, stands 11 1/2 inches tall and measures 9 in diameter. Jody Folwell -Turipa (born 1942, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico) is a Native American potter and artist and one of nine children in the Naranjo family of Santa Clara potters and artists, Folwell is one of the best-known avant-garde Pueblo potters, and here work is widely sought after be collectors.
Santa Clara Pueblo Pottery by Harrison Begay, Jr. , CPOTCAA14-16. This is an elegant and deeply carved piece in the unmistakable style of Harrison Begay. It measures 5.5 inches in height, 4 inches wide and 6 inches long.