Kiowa - Santa Clara Pueblo
Emily Suazo-Tafoya is a full blooded Native American
Indian born in 1959.
She is Kiowa and Santa Clara. She was inspired to learn the art of pottery
making from several family members, including her Grandmother, Clara
Suazo. Emily has been making pottery since 1973.
Emily specializes in the handmade and handcrafted incised (sgrafitto)
Santa Clara Pueblo pottery. Her pottery is made the traditional way
and then completely covered with contemporary designs. Emily digs her
clay from the local hills then combines it with volcanic ash found in
the Espanola Valley of northern New Mexico. The pottery is carefully
formed and a clay slip is applied in layers. The pottery is then polished
to a high sheen. The firing techniques bring out the desired colors
like black, red, or green. The pottery is then painstakingly etched.
Every one of her pots has its own distinct personality, whether it be
of the human or wildlife design. It’s important to Emily that
she produces a clean and sharp image on every pot she makes. The result
is a “sparkling pottery gem”, prized by collectors the world
over. Emily stated that: “It is important to me to share my unique
style of contemporary pottery. It is also important to stay within traditional
methods of potting.”
Emily signs her pottery as: Snow-Cap Mountains, Emily Tafoya, SCP.
Emily is related to the following artists: Jennifer Tafoya (daughter)
and the late Ray Tafoya (husband).
-1997 Gallup Ceremonial 2nd Place
-1998 New Mexico State Fair 2nd Place
-1999 Santa Fe Indian Market 1st Place
-Southwestern Pottery 1999 Edition
-Pueblo Indian Pottery 750 Artist Biographies