Margaret Tafoya: A Tewa Potter’s Heritage and Legacy

Item No: 3441

$ 45.00

  • This beautiful book presents in large format the story of Margaret Tafoys's paramount place in the evolution of Tewa Pueblo pottery in Santa Clara, New Mexico. This monumental work is divided into four major sections examining a history of the Pueblo people, Margaret Tafoya's life, Santa Clara pottery making techniques, and the Tafoya family and descendants. Because Margaret Tafoya has adhered to the traditions of her Pueblo in both her lifestyle and her ceramics, these traditions are now being passed on through her children and grandchildren. Margaret Tafoya demonstrates the very best in Tewa Pueblo pottery. Enhanced by the spectacular photographs—more than a hundred of which are in full color—this books presents a tribute to the Pueblo ceramic artisans in general and especially, to Margaret Tafoya, a living icon and vital bridge between Tewa past and future.

    • Authors: Mary Ellen Blair, Lawrence Blair; Editor: Susan McDonald/li>
    • Hardcover: 199 pages
    • Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd; 3rd edition (June 1986)
    • ISBN-10: 0887400809
    • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.4 x 1 inches
  • Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001) is considered the matriarch of Santa Clara Pueblo pottery and is known around the world for her elegantly polished redware and blackware. She learned pottery-making from her mother, Serafina Gutierrez Tafoya, and passed the art on to her own children. Tafoya’s vessels were often large in size and featured deep carvings that she outlined in matte paint. She often carved bear paw, avanyu and rain cloud designs into her work. Tafoya used all traditional methods in creating her pots, first digging clay on Santa Clara lands in the same place where her ancestors dug clay, then constructing and polishing by hand. Along with Maria Martinez and Lucy M. Lewis, she is one of the legends of modern Pueblo pottery.
  • Santa Clara Pueblo, a Tewa-speaking Pueblo located along the Rio Grande River in northern New Mexico, has one of the most dynamic and innovative pottery-making communities in the world. Today, the Pueblo’s best known pottery style is polished blackware with precisely carved sgraffito designs. Blackware can be traced back to the 12th century and was revived in the early 20th century by potters from San Ildefonso Pueblo. Though their style is similar to San Ildefonso’s, Santa Clara potters set themselves apart by carving designs into the clay rather than painting them on the surface. This type of low relief carving, called sgraffito, was a major shift in style that had a lasting effect on modern Pueblo pottery. Blackware remains popular, but there are many Santa Clara artists who have developed their own signature styles. Known for their creativity, these potters experiment with non-traditional, asymmetrical vessel shapes and contemporary design motifs. No matter their style, Pueblo potters from Santa Clara have an unbelievable mastery of their craft, making their handmade pots among the most valuable in the world.
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