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 Serafina Tafoya  (1863 - 1949)

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Lived/Active: New Mexico      Known for: Native American pottery

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Beginning in the 1920s, a Santa Clara Pueblo potter named Serafina Tafoya (1863–1949) took the technique of hand-impressing one step further by gouging and then smoothing bear paw and water serpent designs.  This led to the development of deeper and more clean-edged carving, with the carved designs at first limited to a wide band around the midsection of the pot.

Serafina Tafoya stands at the crown of a family tree representing one of the most influential families in Santa Clara pottery.  Her descendants include such renowned potters as Margaret Tafoya, Camilio (Sunflower) Tafoya, Christina Naranjo, Joseph Lonewolf, Grace Medicine Flower, Toni Roller, Mela Youngblood and her children Nathan and Nancy Youngblood, and Tammy Garcia, among many others. Serafina’s granddaughter Teresita Naranjo was among the first to expand the area of carving to cover more of the entire vessel.

March in Montana Auctions, February 2010

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