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April 24, 2021
Paoli, PA, US

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Large Important Margaret Tafoya Santa Clara Pueblo Vase

Large important signed Margaret Tafoya vase. This is an exceptional example of her work in size and quality. At almost 17" high and 15.6 lbs with incised signature. Native American Santa Clara Pueblo ceramic pottery vase.

Maria Margarita "Margaret" Tafoya (1904-2001) was the matriarch of Santa Clara Pueblo potters. She was a recipient of a 1984 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States government's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
Born in 1904 in the Santa Clara Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tafoya learned the ancient techniques of hand-building pottery from her mother Sara Fina Tafoya, also a significant potter.

Margaret Tafoya closely followed the ancient method of coil-building her pottery with clay taken only from the Santa Clara Pueblo. Working with patterns such as the kiva step, mountain, clear sky, buffalo horn, and bear claw designs,

During the 1950s, with the rise of interest in Native American art, Tafoya became well-known worldwide for her skill in hand-building uncommonly large clay vessels. She rejected modern techniques, scorning the potter’s wheel and the addition of nontraditional gems and stones. Her ability to experiment with scale and form while maintaining strong ties to the Santa Clara tradition set her apart from other talented potters. Of her ten surviving children, eight have become accomplished potters and continue the family legacy in Santa Clara.

Margaret received many accolades throughout her life and her work is highly sought after by collectors of fine Native American pottery.

Condition: a few white paint spatters- see photos. Minor scuffing on an area of the body- see photos.

12 1/2" X 16 7/8"
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