The santa clara pottery style has deep ancient roots dating back to at least the 1100s when both polished and unpolished pottery was made for daily use in the 1800s the designs and ornamentation on santa clara pueblo pottery was limited to impressions of broad swirling lines double shoulders swirling necks and scalloped jar rims.
nicolasa naranjo 19072002 comes from a long line of distinguished potters from the santa clara pueblo later in her career she was known to work with her daughter roberta naranjo the unique shape of this vessel is very attractive almost a triangle form and shows innovative craftsmanship and expertise.
She signs her pottery nicolasa santa clara nicolasa was the daughter of tomacita and agapito naranjo and granddaughter of sara fina tafoya and a cousin of margaret tafoya of the santa clara pueblo.
nicolasa naranjo was a daughter of potter tomasita tafoya naranjo and a niece of margaret tafoya it was tomasita who taught margaret how to make pottery nicolasa was known for her larger pottery painted in the classic blackonblack style.
santa clara and san ildefonso have both been known for black pottery for over three centuries a santa clara tradition is the creation of.
nicolasa was the daughter of tomacita and agapito naranjo and granddaughter of sara fina tafoya and a cousin of margaret tafoya of the santa clara pueblo she had a long and distinguished career as a potter making mostly blackware and occasionally redware.
The pair is credited with developing and implementing the key techniques and designs of both san ildefonso and santa clara black ware or black on black pottery.
Vintage santa clara black pottery vase signed nicolasa santa clara nicolasa naranjo c 19072002 research indicates this would have made in the 1980s nicolasa is the daughter of tomacita and agapito naranjo and grandaugher of sara tafoya a cousin of the well known margaret tafoya nicolasa was a distinguished potter in her.
The santa clara pueblo currently has the largest number of active potters of the pueblo pottery producers the pueblo is famous for the carved andor polished blackware and redware margaret tafoya and her mother sarafina tafoya are considered the matriarchs of santa clara pottery.