Santa Clara Blackware Pottery Canoe -Signed - LORENCITA NARANJO TAFOYA
- Vintage item
Lorencita Naranjo ( 1899-1987) was born into one of the great potting families of Santa Clara pueblo in New Mexico and married into the Tafoyas, another family famous for their pottery. Her potting career lasted nearly fifty years, from the 1920's through the 1970's. Her pottery is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures in Santa Fe, New Mexico, among others. The last photo, a portrait of Lorencita, was taken by famous photographer Talcott Harmon Parkhurst sometime around 1935 to 1938.
When the railroads came to New Mexico, they brought tourists eager to observe pueblo life and take home a piece of their art. These visitors created the demand for tourist pottery. This blackware canoe by Lorencita displays her artistic attention to detail on even her smaller items. The graceful shape, with its finely modeled bow and stern, has a flat bottom to sit steadily on shelf or table. The burnished design on each side is a wave pattern, with pairs of dots spaced evenly above like water droplets. It's signed with the potter's handwritten signature "Lorencita" on the bottom.
This black on black pottery starts out with red clay; when fired, the flames are smothered with cow dung, depriving the fire of oxygen and turning the clay black. It's then polished with stones to smooth it and bring out the shine. The canoe is 6 inches long, 2 1/2 inches front to back at the widest point and 2 inches high at each end. Iy weighs just under 8 ounces and is in very good condition, with minor imperfections on the surfaces, but no chips, cracks, scratches or other damage. It's a handsome piece to start a collection or add to one.