I remember years ago, where for the 1st time I came across a Mary Tafoya piece in one of the Museums here in Santa Fe.. All I remember was her work literally stopped me in my tracks & in all the years in this business, she stood out like nothing I had never seen before & literally left me drooling at the museums window!It's not only for the fact that she has her own'signature look', but because her pieces have a'happy, & very whimsical" look to them & being a Folk Art lover myself, that drew me in even more for her serious "Folk Art feel she gives each piece... Mary's jewelry has a contemporary Santa Domingo appearance, but at the same time, maintaining "Old School/Traditional" techniques. She comes from ancestry that passed the art of mosaic down to their children & is also the sister to another very dear friend of mine, "JOLENE BIRD".. Her mother & father did the old Santo Domingo "Thunderbird" necklaces that they would mosaic onto Battery Casings & LP albums. Her work is ultra colorful, unique & has a positive feel in all she makes & will not sit down to create, unless her mind, heart, spirit, hands are in all in sync. You can find Mary's jewelry in many prestigious Museums like the Smithsonian, the Heard Museum & galleries internationally.. Her work is unlike any other Ke-Wa artist & "Owns" her style! This whimsical Folk Art style bird, can't help but put a smile on anyone's face!! What I love about this bird is how the turquoise cuts are not perfect! That is what gives it, it's fun look & also validates this not being a commercially made, overseas made piece of jewelry! The white circle in front of the tail is white mother of pearl, that she drilled into, in order to lay slivers of the black jet lines. All of the materials are literally all hand cut to create this picturesque piece. It is a pin/pendant, but the bale is only suitable for a tiny chain. Most wear these as pins, rather than using it for a pendant, but the choice is yours!
This cheerful bird is one of a kind, with no 2 alike! In last photo, is a similar bird pin that I have posted! DESIGNED & MADE BY ARTIST: Mary Tafoya. TRIBE: Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa).
MATERIAL: Kingman Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, Apple Coral, Serpentine, Green Nevada Turquoise, Mother of Pearl. HALLMARKS : M L TAFOYA with a Butterfly.BECAUSE THIS IS MADE WITH HUMAN HANDS & NOT COMMERCIAL MANUFACTURING MACHINES, THERE MAY BE SLIGHT VARIATIONS. Please take out a measuring tape & use it against my given measurements. If you find the item is not as great as I think it is, it does not mean the item is'not as described'.. As always, feel free to ask any questions needed, before purchasing!!
The item "Ke-Wa Pueblo Folk Art ArtistMARY TAFOYAWhimsical Turquoise Mosaic Bird Pin" is in sale since Wednesday, March 28, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "platadesantafejewelry" and is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This item can be shipped to United States.