Stella Chavarria is the daughter of Teresita Naranjo, one of Santa Clara's famous potters. Her work is very much influenced by her mother, except Stella works on a smaller scale. Stella also taught her two daughters to pot, Denise Chavarria and Sunday Chavarria. Here, Stella has selected the classic Santa Clara water serpent, Avonyu, and surrounded it with clouds. Water symbols – clouds, lightning, Avonyu, etc.– are frequently used, because they stand for life-giving rain, a necessity in the arid climate of the pueblos. The top portion has the symbols for eagle feathers, a sign of strength. Size: 5 1/2 inches high by 4 inches diameter.