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Christina Naranjo

Biography to Display: 

1891 Born

1980 Died


Christina Naranjo’s burnished black pieces are characterized by round shoulders, long necks and deep carving. 

Naranjo was a Native American potter who lived and worked at Santa Clara Pueblo. She was a daughter of Sara Fina and Geronimo Tafoya and a sister of Margaret Tafoya. These two sisters were the founders and matriarchs of two of the most noted Native American clay families. She often worked with her daughter, Mary Cain. The family members, like many pottery families at Santa Clara, were comfortable working on larger pieces and were well known for the highly burnished surfaces of their black pieces.


Public Collections to Display: 

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California


Bibliography to Display: 

Dillingham, Rick. Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery, Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1994.




Typical Marks
before 1965
Date: before 1965
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Carved, Coiled (Earthenware, with carved avanyu design.)
Surface Technique: Burnished
Crocker Art Museum, Gift of Loren G. Lipson, 2014.1.22
Crocker Art Museum, Gift of Loren G. Lipson, 2014.1.22

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified April 13, 2023.