Vickie Tafoya/Martinez Stunning Avanyu Santa Clara pot
Vickie Tafoya Martinez was taught to pot by her grandmother, Flora Naranjo and her mother, Barbara Martinez. In the late 1980s she dated Stella Chavarria's son and both Stella and Teresita Naranjo encouraged her to improve and take her pottery more seriously. It is clearly evident that she followed their advice. The influence of both Stella and Teresita is apparent in her style. Today Vickie makes elegant pottery at affordable prices. She is certainly one of the better values at Santa Clara Pueblo.
Vicky's pots are distinguished both by their size and the precision and depth of the carving. She often concentrates on avanyu decoration framed by feather designs. The present pot is a striking example of a large Avanyu figure carved into the rich perfectly polished Santa Clara black with a feather pattern flowing downward from the top.
This pot is quite impressive red piece measuring 5 1/4 inches in height and 7 3/4 inches in diameter. The pot is in mint condition and is signed by Vickie.
Item No.: A1835
Artist: Vickie Martinez
Size: 5 1/4 in H x 7 3/4 in D