Shapes & Forms
Annie Baca was born to Cresencia and Carmilita Tafoya of Santa Clara Pueblo in 1941. Among her siblings were Mark Tafoya, Harriet Tafoya and Pauline Martinez. She grew up in a household of potters and learned from them.
A traditional Santa Clara potter who painted her pieces rather than carved them, Annie has long been known for her finely painted and well-polished black-on-black pottery. As her sister Pauline married Maria Martinez son George and moved to San Ildefonso, Annie may have been influenced a bit by what Pauline learned there. Santa Clara and San Ildefonso have a long history of intermarriage and cross-pollination of pottery styles and techniques.