Born of Fire by Charles S. King


Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya by Charles S. King

Regarded as one of the great masters of Pueblo pottery, Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001) was known for her unusually large and elegant storage and water jars in the tradition of her ancestors. Her story is brought to life in this biography which starts with her early years growing up in Santa Clara Pueblo.

Interviews with her children, grandchildren, friends, art dealers and pottery collectors bring the reader first hand accounts and insights into her life. Margaret learned to pot by watching and being instructed by her mother, Sara Fina Tafoya. As a young woman, Margaret left the pueblo and worked at different jobs, including as a cook in a school. After marrying Alcario Tafoya and moving back to the Santa Clara Pueblo, she settled into family life. As her family grew, pottery became an important additional source of income and everyone participated in the process. Born of Fire takes the reader through five phases of Margaret's life - from her childhood to adulthood and how her influence is seen in the next generations. Includes never before seen family photographs.

"King has made himself a scholar in pursuit of an understanding of how traditional ways of life, changing times and one woman's vision are so tightly bound. . . . Born of Fire is a handsome introduction to and reminder of the exquisite pottery of Margaret Tafoya." -The Bloomsbury Review - 2008

Museum of New Mexico Press, 2008
Hardback, 160 pages
11.2" x 9.5" x 0.8"


Born of Fire
Charles S. King