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About the Artist
(Born 1938, Santa
Clara Pueblo) Camilio Tafoya, a potter known for his sgraffito decoration, was
her father. Her brother was Joseph Lonewolf, another famous potter. Her father’s sister was Margaret Tafoya, the
pottery matron of Santa Clara.
“Although she also
carves on larger pots, Grace is best known for her exquisite miniatures, round
or egg-shaped hollow clay balls with no opening or bottles with tiny stoppers,
on which she incises in fine relief cameos or allover designs of an Indian
story, a flock of birds flying, bunches of flowers or groups of animals.” Taken
from Susan Peterson’s book Pottery by American Indian Women The Legacy of
traditional steps in preparing her clay and creating her vessels to include
firing them using outdoor pit firing, Medicine Flower's creativity is evident
in her distinctive choices of decoration.
“Grace has experimented with prospecting different clays in order to
have a variety of colors for her pottery.
So far, she says, all she has found that will hold their color in the
heat are clays that fire iron red, rust-colored, buff, blue, green and the black
that comes from the smothered firing.” Pottery by American Indian Women The
Legacy of Generations