Lifespan: 1914 - 1999

Active making pottery: 1935-1995

Pottery Making Relatives:

Grandmother: Nestoria Naranjo

Father: Thomas "Lighting" Tafoya

Mother: Maria Atencio

Aunt: Sara Fina

Cousin: Margaret Tafoya

Husband: Ernest Tapia

Daughter: Anito Suazo

Vessel Forms: Cylinders, vases, plates, wedding vases, animals, melon jars, engagement baskets.

Style: Polished redwares, carved redwares with geometric designs, polychrome geometric designs, avanyu, feathers, kiva steps, terraced clouds.



Known as one of the innovators of polychrome redware. The paints used on the redwares were collected from private locations around the Pararito Plateau. These pigments added beautiful earthtones of salmon orange, bluish-gray,

umber tan and white. Sometimes collaborated with her second husband, Ernest, whom would paint the redware pots that Belen would form and polish.



Talking with the Clay

The Art of Pueblo Pottery in the 21st Century

By Stephen Trimble, 2007

School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico

R.G. Munn Auction, LLC; October 2007

(Lot # 162)

R.G. Munn Auction, LLC; January 2004

(Lot # 643, #718)

Pueblo Indian Pottery 750 Artist Biographies

Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Tesuque, Nambe and Pojoaque

By Gregory Schaaf, 2000

American Indian Art Series, CIAC Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico

American Indian Pottery

By John W. Barry, 1984

Books Americana, Florence, Alabama

Modern Pueblo Pottery 1880-1960

By Francis H. Harlow, 1977

Northland Press, Flagstaff, Arizona


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