Monday, March 26, 2012

Elegance from Earth: Hopi Pottery

The Heard Museum just opened a new exhibition titled Elegance from Earth: Hopi Pottery:

Elegance From Earth: Hopi Pottery is a new exhibit at the Heard Museum that tells the story of the centuries-old Hopi pottery tradition. The exhibit is presented by Peabody Energy.
"Hopi pottery is famous for its intricate painting," commented Heard curator Diana Pardue. "There is nothing else quite like it. By exhibiting both historic as well as contemporary work, Elegance From Earth will illustrate the great range and scope of this wonderful tradition."

Elegance From Earth explores the intertwined matriarchal artistic legacies of the Nampeyo, Naha and Navasie families. The Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo (c.1859-1942) was the first American Indian potter to be known and recognized by name. She revived a style of low-shouldered spherical jars based on those made at the village of Sikyatki in the 1600s, evolving detailed and complex designs inspired by Sikyatki pottery. In more recent times, her great-granddaughter Dextra Quotskuyva has received much recognition for her innovative designs and has taught some techniques to other family members, including her daughter Camille and her nephews Steve Lucas and Les Namingha.
           
The exhibit also showcases the work of another great Hopi pottery matriarch, Paqua Naha (Frog Woman), who developed a distinctive style of white-slipped pottery with black and deep-red designs that was later adopted by her daughter Joy Navasie, who passed the tradition on to her children and grandchildren. Other significant makers represented include Helen Naha and her two daughters Rainy and Sylvia. 

Opens March 24; on display through June 30, 2013.

Those of us in the shop are very familiar with this wonderful work, for it is still a vibrant art form being practiced by Hopi potters today and we are privileged to meet these artists on a regular basis when they bring their art in to sell. In addition, we are grateful to the collectors of older pieces who choose us to consign their treasures with. Here is work by some of the artists you can frequently find in our shop:

Vase by Fannie Nampeyo (1900-1987)
Daughter of Nampeyo


Vase by James Garcia Nampeyo (1958-)
Great-grandson of Nampeyo, grandson of Fannie


Vase by Priscilla Namingha (1924- 2008)
Great-granddaughter of Nampeyo, daughter of Rachel Namingha


Vase by Nyla Sahmie (1954-)
Daughter of Priscilla Nampeyo


Free form bowl by Elizabeth Qoyawayma White (1892- 1990)


Vase by Eunice "Fawn" Navasie (1920- 1992)


Turtle effigy by Dolly Joe "White Swan" Navasie
Daughter of Eunice Navasie


Small bowl by Helen Naha "Feather Woman" (1922-1993)
Daughter-in-law of Paqua Naha "First Frog Woman"


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