Jacob Koopee, Jr.
Jacob was the great-great-grandson of Hopi – Tewa Pottery Matriarch, Nampeyo of Hano. He was also the great-grandson of Nellie Nampeyo Douma, grandson of Marie Koopee and Jacob Koopee. Sr. and Georgia Dewakuku Koopee. He was also the nephew of Dextra Quotskuyva, who inspired much of his pottery in design. His pottery was innovative and creative in design, and his precision in painting was renowned. Jake acquired numerous awards for his pottery during his career, including; “Best of Show” in 2005 at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Market. I was lucky to have been a pottery judge both years at both events, and it was exciting to see an artist create such dynamic work. His pieces can be found in museums around the country, and his innovative style of painting continues to set his work apart among other potters.