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Belen Tapia (1914-1999)

Belen Tapia was a niece of Sara Fina 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.

For Additional Information:
American Indian Art Series: Pueblo Indian Pottery (750 Artist Biographies) by Gregory Schaaf


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