Santa Clara elegant black jar by Tammy Garcia


Santa Clara elegant black jar by Tammy Garcia


5 7/8" diameter at widest point x 7 3/8" high

native clay and slip, fired in reducing atmosphere with incised design

ex: Gallery 10, Santa Fe, circa 1992




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Tammy Garcia is undoubtedly one of the finest contemporary Pueblo artists and her work has already stood the test of time.  Her pottery is innovative within the boundaries of traditional incised coiled pottery and it is fired in a natural reduction atmosphere. Her ancestors include Sara Fina Tafoya and Margaret Tafoya along with her sister Christina Naranjo, Mary Cain, and Linda Cain, her mother. 

When she was only 21, Tammy was awarded a first prize at the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonials. By 1991, Gallery 10 in Scottsdale and Santa Fe, a leading gallery, was featuring her work in major shows. Tammy was admitted to the Santa Fe Indian Market, a juried show in 1993.  

This pot is one of the very few of her pots that have come up for sale in the secondary market. It is a very early example, having been collected in 1992.

Tammy's pottery has been featured in many museum exhibits as well as other shows.  Museum exhibits include:

  1.  Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA in 2001
  2. The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ in 2001
  3. "Changing Hands: Art without Reservations I", The American Craft Museum in NYC in 2002
  4.  "From the States Exhibit", National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC in 2003
  5. "Tammy Garcia Retrospective", Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN, 2005
  6. "New Visions: Inspired by Tradition" with Evelyn Fredericks, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, 2007
  7. "Beyond Tradition: The Pueblo of Tammy Garcia" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, 2008
  8. Heart of the West Art Exhibition, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Ft. Worth, TX in 2008