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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 1900s. 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
- Known Hopi potters include Nampeyo, Nampeyos 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
- * 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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