Embedded in the Santa Clara Pueblo pottery tradition, Dusty was surrounded by her mother, Bernice, grandmother, Rose Naranjo, sister, Carolyn Elliott, aunts Dolly Naranjo, Nora Naranjo-Morse, Tessie Naranjo, Jody Folwell, and cousins Roxanne Swentzel and Susan Folwell, as mentors and influences.
With such a star-studded family, how could she not produce gorgeous, traditional pottery, add to the family collection of awards?!
Characteristically graceful in form, the tapered oval is entirely made according to tradition: hand-gathered clay, hand-mixed, -coiled, -stone polished, -incised, and fired in the ground.
The luscious, brown hue is a family tradition, and not often seen elsewhere.
A handsomely carved, realistic horse is the main decoration, seen frontally with head turned, seemingly stepping out for a walk.
An all-over pattern of lightly incised, squiggly lines is a Dusty specialty, but there are also three lovely dragonflies flitting around the piece, so there is something to admire from every angle.
There are also subtle variations in the brown hue of the clay slip, created by manipulating the heat of the firing.
Elegantly shaped, and beautifully carved, this vase form is a superb piece, from one of this stellar family’s younger artists.