Teresita Naranjo
Santa Clara

Red Carved Jar

5" H x 4" D

Teresita Tafoya Naranjo (1919-1999), also known as Apple Blossom, has been acknowledged as one of the finest 20th century potters at Santa Clara Pueblo.

She was the daughter of Victor and Christina Naranjo and wife of Joe Naranjo, mother to Stella Tafoya Chavarria, niece to Margaret Tafoya, and the granddaughter of Sara Fina Tafoya. After her husband's passing in 1950, she supported her family solely through sales of her pottery. She was a master potter—one of the finest of the pueblo and was known for her intricately carved blackware and redware in the Santa Clara style.

Teresita was a sister of Mary Cain and the great-aunt to Autumn Borts and Tammy Garcia. Her pottery can be found in the permanent collection of museums nationwide including The National Museum of the American Indian, the Denver Art Museum and the Heard.

Teresita Naranjo holds a place of historic significance in Santa Clara pottery, as she is considered the first to carve outside the linear band designs for her imagery. Her carving was always deep and crisp and the designs seemed to flow gracefully around the surface.

Gallery Price: $1,500.00

Sale: $1,200.00
(plus sh/han)

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