Daryl Whitegeese

Santa Clara/Pojoaque
Daryl Whitegeese
Carved red jar with sun and kiva step design
 

Daryl Whitegeese was born in March, 1964 to LuAnn Tafoya of Santa Clara Pueblo and Sosi Tapia of Pojoaque Pueblo. He learned the basics of the traditional art of making pottery from his mother as he was growing up but he also grew up in a family where everyone was a potter. He says he produced his first pot on his own when he was about 32. He enjoyed it so much that by the time he was 40 he was a full-time potter. Prior to that, he'd been working at Digital Equipment Corporation as a systems administrator for 14 years.

After leaving DEC he returned to Santa Clara Pueblo and took on some free-lance computer work. That's how he met his wife, Rosemary Hardy at Pojoaque Pueblo. They were married in 1997 and now have 3 daughters and 3 granddaughters.

Over the years since he began making pots Daryl has participated in the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Art Fair and the Eiteljorg Museum of the American Indian (in Indianapolis), earning multiple ribbons at all three, including ribbons for Excellence in Traditional Arts, Best of Division, 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and Best of Traditional Pottery.

When we asked him where he gets his inspiration he immediately said "Mom and Grandma" (meaning LuAnn and Margaret Tafoya). He said his favorite shape to make is the red water jar with a bear paw imprint, "just like Mom and Grandma used to make." He also loves to decorate his pots with traditional designs, using his own distinctive carving style on a surface polished to a mirror-like, high lustre finish.

While we were talking to him Daryl told us he loves music, especially blues and jazz. He also loves to go to Bronco games in the winter. When he's not busy making pots he's probably somewhere with his family, "spoiling the kids."


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