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Hopi Pottery
The production of Hopi pottery today comes almost exclusively from First Mesa. Pottery production on Second and Third Mesas declined and finally came to a stop sometime prior to the 1900’s. The modern era of Hopi pottery production began with Nampeyo of Third Mesa who was a Tewa & from Hano. Nampeyo revived the ancient Sikyatki polychromes which are generally attributed to the period between 1450 and 1550 AD.
The actual production of traditional Hopi pottery continues to follow that of their ancestors. Clay is accumlated nearby and then cleaned by hand. Each pot is than formed by the coil and scrape method prior to painting and then firing in traditional manners. Paint used for decoration is usually of organic origin such as Beeweed which is the source of their black designs. Other colors can be attributed to other plants found in the southwest. The arduous nature of the production itself can severely limit the amount of production a given potter can achieve. Sometimes this can be offset by the contributions of family and friends in the preparation of the materials themselves.
Today Hopi potters are producing a wide variety of pottery styles. One can expect to find black-on white, black-on-red, black and red on white slip, incised pottery, and carved pottery. Prices for Hopi pottery can range for a few dollars for the smallest of traditional style pottery to many thousand of dollars for intricately carved pieces.
Known Hopi potters include Nampeyo, Nampeyo’s daughters Fannie, Annie, & Nellie, Dextra Quotskuyva, Thomas Pollacca, Gary Pollacca, Carla Nampeyo Claw, Loren Hamilton Nampeyo, Lorna Adams, Verla Dewakuku, Alma Tahbo, Garnet pavatea, Joy Navasie, Violet Huma Grace Chapella, and many others to numerous to mention but equally important.
* The Tewa people moved to Hopi around 1700 AD and settled in First Mesa bringing with them a distinctive culture and language.
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