Belen Tapia

Santa Clara Pueblo

Belen Tapia (1914-1999) was a niece of Serafina Tafoya and first cousin of Margaret Tafoya. She was active making pottery from about 1935 to 1995. She is classed as an innovator of polychrome redware, famous for her polished redwares, redwares carved with geometric designs and polychrome geometric designs such as feathers, avanyu, kiva steps and terraced clouds. Her pottery took on the forms of animals, wedding vases, melon jars, plates, cylinders, vases and engagement baskets.

Belen also taught the traditional methods to her daughters: Anita Suazo and Anna Archuleta and they have gone on to become award-earning potters.

Polychrome geometric designs on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with polychrome geometric designs
Kiva step and feather design on a polished red bowl
Polychrome bowl with kiva step and feather design
6 in H by 9.5 in Dia
Multi-color geometric design on a polished red jar
Polished red jar with multi-color geometric design
3.25 in H by 3.75 in Dia
Feather and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with feather and geometric design
4.25 in H by 4.25 in Dia
Bison and ram design carved into a black jar
Black jar carved with bison and ram design
8.75 in H by 8.25 in Dia
Geometric design carved into a red jar
Red jar decorated with a carved geometric design
7.25 in H by 8.5 in Dia
Kiva step and geometric design carved into a black bowl with a handle
Black bowl with a handle carved with kiva step and geometric design
4.25 in H by 3.25 in Dia
Polychrome oval red bowl with a geometric design
A band of geometric design around an oval polychrome red bowl
2.5 in H by 5.25 in Dia

Santa Clara Pueblo Potters