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Sherry Tafoya, Cactus Blossom

Biography to Display: 

1956Born Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico


Studio Potter


Sherry Tafoya is known for deeply incised black and redware pottery. She comes from a long line of Tafoya potters working at Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico. She is a great-granddaughter of Serafina Tafoya, a granddaughter of Christina Naranjo, and is the daughter of Mida Tafoya.


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.

Peaster, Lillian and Guy Berger. Pueblo Pottery Families. Schiffer P, 2008.

Schaaf, Gregory. Pueblo Indian Pottery: 750 Artist Biographies. Santa Fe, NM: Center for Indigenous Arts and Culture Press, 2000.



Typical Marks
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Coiled
Surface Technique: Carved
Crocker Art Museum, gift of Kyle Lipson, 2013.93.4
Crocker Art Museum, gift of Kyle Lipson, 2013.93.4

Citation: Clark, Donald. "The Marks Project." Last modified April 28, 2019.