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Daisy Hooee Nampeyo pottery.

Daisy Hooee Nampeyo holding a piece of her pottery with her "Tobacco Leaf" signature. She is sitting next to her grandmother, Nampeyo of Hano.

Daisy Hooee Nampeyo was a daughter of Annie Nampeyo Healing and a granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano.  He daughter Shirley Benn and granddaughter Cheryl Naha Nampeyo continue the family pottery making tradition.  She was born into the Corn Clan of her mother but was named Tobacco Flower after the Tobacco Clan of her father. The name, Daisy, was given to her by a field nurse at the government agency on First Mesa. Although she was born at Hano, the family moved to a new village called Polacca at the base of First Mesa. Daisy spent many of her formative years with her grandmother and learned how to make pottery at a very early age. Like many starting potters, her early pottery was not the best but she had an excellent teacher in Nampeyo and soon began to create wonderful pieces and used designs from pottery shards she found at Sikyatki. When she was still quite young, she began to lose her vision. She was determined to continue making pottery so she agreed to have an operation to remove cataracts that had developed as a result of an infection. The operation was paid for by a wealthy heiress from California named Anita Baldwin. Daisy stayed with Anita for several years while her eyes healed. She returned to Polacca during the summers. Anita Baldwin sent Daisy was sent to study at the L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris to study painting and sculpture. Anita ultimately took Daisy around the world to expose her to other forms of art and sculpture. When her mother Annie Healing’s health began to deteriorate Daisy returned to Hopi. She married Ray Naha with whom she had three children. She divorced Ray and then married Leo Poblano from Zuni. He was famous for his jewelry and Daisy began to make jewelry, carved figures along with her pottery. After Leo’s death, she returned to First Mesa to work with her sister Rachel Namingha Nampeyo. Her last marriage was to Sidney Hooee, again from Zuni. At this time she began teaching pottery making at Zuni.

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Hooee, Daisy Nampeyo – Jar with Bird Wing and Geometric Designs

Daisy Hooee Nampeyo is one of the extraordinary Hopi-Tewa women making pottery in the last century.  She was a daughter of Annie Nampeyo Healing and a granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano.  Her daughter is Shirley Benn and granddaughter Cheryl Naha Nampeyo.  Daisy spent many of her formative years with her grandmother and learned how to make pottery at a very early age.  However, she began to lose her vision and had an operation to remove cataracts due to an infection.  She attended the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris through her benefactor, Anita Bladwin. When she returned to Hopi, she married Ray Naha, then Leo Pablano (from Zuni) and finally Sidney Hooee from Zuni.  Her life story is as fascinating as her pottery. This jar is an unusual shape with a low shoulder and a turned out rim. The body of the piece is fully painted with detailed bird wings and cloud designs. The interior of the jar has a stippled appearance.  The jar was traditionally fired to create the surface coloration.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Daisy H. Nampeyo”.   Definitely a piece of history!

$ 950.00
Hooee, Daisy Nampeyo & Shirley Benn – Bowl with Hopi Birds

This is a collaborative piece by Daisy Hooee Nampeyo and her daughter, Shirley Benn.  Daisy was a daughter of Annie Nampeyo Healing and a granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano.  Her daughter is Shirley Benn and granddaughter Cheryl Naha Nampeyo.  Daisy spent many of her formative years with her grandmother and learned how to make pottery at a very early age.  However, she began to lose her vision and had an operation to remove cataracts due to an infection.  She attended the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris through her benefactor, Anita Bladwin. When she returned to Hopi, she married Ray Naha, then Leo Pablano (from Zuni) and finally Sidney Hooee from Zuni.  Her life story is as fascinating as her pottery. This bowl was made by Daisy and painted by her daughter, Shirley Benn. The bowl is thin-walled and the designs are very delicately painted. They are a series of classic Hopi-Tewa birds which encompass the surface of the piece.  The bowl was traditionally fired to create the surface coloration.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Daisy Hooee Nampeyo, Shirley Benn”.   Definitely a piece of history!

$ 250.00
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