Teresita Naranjo

Teresita Tafoya Naranjo (1919-1999) (Apple Blossom) has been acknowledged as one of the finest 20th century potters to come from Santa Clara Pueblo. She made pottery from 1935 until she unexpectedly died in 1999. She was well-known for her black and redware works carved in the Santa Clara style.

Teresita was the daughter of Victor and Christina Naranjo, wife of Joe Naranjo, mother of Stella Tafoya Chavarria, niece of Margaret Tafoya, and granddaughter of Serafina Tafoya. After Teresita's husband died in 1950, her family was supported solely through the sale of her pottery.

Avanyu design carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with avanyu design
4 in h by 6 3/4 in Dia
Geometric design carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with a geometric design
3 1/2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Avanyu design carved into a black jar
Black jar carved with avanyu design
3 1/2 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Twisted rope handles and geometric design on a polychrome tray
Polychrome tray with twisted rope handles and geometric design
2 in H by 8 1/4 in Dia
Geometric design carved into a black plate
Black plate carved with geometric design
1 1/4 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Avanyu design carved into a polished red jar
Polished red jar carved with avanyu design
3 3/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Carved black jar
Carved black jar
1 1/4 in H by 1 1/4 in Dia
Kiva step and geometric designs carved into a red wedding vase
Red wedding vase carved with kiva step and geometric designs
11 1/2 in H by 8 1/2 in Dia
Geometric design carved into a black jar
Black jar carved with a geometric design
3 1/2 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Geometric design carved into a red jar
Red jar carved with a geometric design
5 3/4 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Carved red jar with exceptional polish
Exceptional polish on a carved red jar
2 1/4 in H by 3 1/4 in Dia
Geometric design carved into a black jar
Black jar carved with a geometric design
3 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Feather design carved into a black jar
Black jar carved with a feather design
3 1/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
A geometric design carved into a red jar
Red jar decorated with a carved geometric design
4 3/4 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
An avanyu design carved into a black bowl
Black bowl decorated with a carved avanyu design
2 3/4 in H by 8 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery