Alma Tahbo (1915-1993)

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The Chapella/Tahbo family is very famous as potters from First Mesa. They lived down below in the village of Polacca (Tewa). The matriarch of the family was Grace Chapella (1874-1980) and her favorite designs were butterflies and moths. Her daughter was Alma Tahbo who assisted her mother in her advanced age by helping paint her pottery. As a result, Alma was quite proficient with the Chapella designs when her mother passed away.

Alma passed on the Chapella designs to her daughter Deanna Tahbo and to her grandson Mark Tahbo. As a result, the Grace Chapella moth/butterfly designs live on today.


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