Legoria Tafoya

Legoria Tafoya was born into Santa Clara Pueblo in 1911. She attended St. Catherine's Indian School in Santa Fe and right after finishing, married Pasqual Tafoya. She started making pottery in 1930, learning from her grandmother Margaret. At first she only molded figurines, forms based on Tewa mythology. Later she moved into making carved blackware bowls, jars and candlestick holders.

Legoria first went to the Santa Fe Indian Market in 1940 and she won a blue ribbon for a plain polished bowl. That was only the beginning of a long career with many more awards. For many years she worked with her daughter, Celes Tafoya, then she died in 1984. In those years pieces they did together were signed "Legoria and Celes." After Legoria died, Celes began producing pottery with her daughter, Evelyn Aguilar.

A kiva step wall above a black fireplace
Black fireplace with kiva step wall
4 in H by 3 in Dia
Twisted handles on a polished black bowl
Polished black bowl with twisted handles
2 1/2 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery