Born of Fire: The Pottery of Margaret Tafoya

Item No: 28791

$ 45.00

  • Regarded as one of the great masters of Pueblo ceramics, Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001) is known for her trademark large black polished ceramics, decorated with traditional imagery of rain clouds, water serpents, bear paws, and other symbols. An award-winning artist, she was recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, and a National Heritage Fellowship. In Born of Fire, Charles S. King has written an insightful biography of the artisan, considered the matriarch of Santa Clara Pueblo potters.

    • Author: Charles S. King
    • Hardcover: 160 pages
    • Museum of New Mexico Press (April 15, 2008)
    • ISBN-10: 0890135096
    • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Charles S. King is the owner of King Galleries of Scottsdale, which represents the Pueblo pottery of many of today's leading potters. Charles has been a judge since 1996 for pottery at prestigious art events such as Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Indian Market. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Drawing from archival materials, Charles King provides new details on Tafoya, discussing her artistic vision and connection to ancestral heritage and cultural values. King has interviewed several Tafoya descendants carrying on her legacy, including recognized potters Toni Roller, Nancy and Nathan Youngblood, and LuAnn Tafoya. Seventy-five exemplary examples of Tafoya's work are presented in full color--many of the pots documented for the first time. King has dated the pieces, demonstrating the progression of Tafoya's artistry. Companion to an exhibition at the Carnegie Museum featuring the John Krena collection of Margaret Tafoya pottery that opened in the tall of 2008, Born of Fire will be the standard for those interested in Tafoya's life and work.

    Read more about Santa Clara Pottery in our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.
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