Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Margaret Tafoya Part Of Pottery Revival.(Editorial Page)


With the death of world-famous Santa Clara Pueblo potter Margaret Tafoya, all New Mexico has lost an artist who helped guarantee a future for her culture by reaching into its past.

Tafoya, who was 96, was perhaps the last living matriarch of the Pueblo Indian pottery revival that began around 1920.

She, along with such potters as Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso, Nampeyo of Hano (Hopi), Lucy Lewis of Acoma, Helen Cordero of Cochiti and a few others, helped re-establish pottery's place of importance in Pueblo culture after the craft had come close to dying out.

Cheap metal pots and pans, glassware and ceramics became readily available with the opening of the Santa Fe Trail in the mid-1800s. …

Log in to your account to read this article – and millions more.