Santa Clara Blackware Pottery
By Santa Clara artist, Linda Tafoya. Pottery of the Santa Clara and San Ildefonso people is known for it's unique, almost metallic, finish in black and red. This process is achieved by a high polish and in the firing technique using cattle or sheep manure to oxidize the slip and create the colour. This incised design is the "Avanyu" the plumed and horned water serpent, the breasts of which are believed to be the source of all life liquids such as blood and water.