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Teresita Naranjo Carved Red Ware Bowl


Item Number: DR 257
Pueblo: Santa Clara Pueblo
Artist: Teresita Naranjo
Medium: Clay
Age: Circa early 1950s
Dimensions: 7″ x 8″



This beautiful red ware bowl has deep, clean incised designs which stand out against the buff color of the slip.

She was known for graceful carved designs on highly polished pots–often polished on the inside as well as the outside. Teresita was daughter of Christina Naranjo and granddaughter of Sera Fina Tafoya.

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 seems to flow gracefully around the surface.This bowl has been highly polished, although there are some scratches acquired through the years.  The deep red color of the pottery is obtained by  firing with tree bark over an open fire covered with tin.

Teresita Tafoya Naranjo, or Apple Blossom, has been acknowledged as one of the finest 20th century potters at Santa Clara Pueblo. Her unexpected death in 1999 was a loss to all pottery collectors.  She was active from 1935 to 1999 and was known for her black and redware carved works in the Santa Clara style.

Condition: Original condition – Excellent – with some minor wear marks appropriate for the age
Provenance: Originally purchased from a museum in Fort Worth, Texas in 1982 by my mother

Additional information

Weight 60 oz