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Elva Tewaguna Nampeyo (Hopi-Tewa), pottery.

Elva Nampeyo was born in the Corn Clan house where her grandmother Nampeyo of Hano lived, in First Mesa at Hopi.  She was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo and Vinton Polacca.  As a child she watched her grandmother make pottery and when she was 11 her mother taught her to make pottery. Elva became an expert at decorating and painting pottery. Her husband, Richard Tewaguna, never became involved in her pottery making. She specialized in black and red on yellow bowls and jars with traditional migration designs and eagle motifs. Her pieces most often resembled the works of her mother and grandmother. On occasion she could be persuaded to break from tradition and try some designs of her own invention.   During her later years when she was no longer able to finish her work, her daughter Adelle would polish, decorate and fire the pottery for her. Elva signed her pottery as "Elva Nampeyo" followed by the corn clan symbol which was initiated by her mother Fannie. Elva had five children of which four are potters including Neva, Elton, Miriam and Adelle. All sign their work with their first names followed by "Nampeyo" and an ear of corn.

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Nampeyo, Elva Tewaguna – Bowl with Eagle Tail Design (1971, Fred Harvey Tag)

Elva Tewaguna Namepyo, was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo, a granddaughter of the Nampeyo of Hano and a sister of Iris and Tonita Nampeyo and Thomas Polacca.  Her pottery was coil built, stone polished and painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips. This wide shape bowl is one of her classic shapes.  The design is an eagle tail design which was made famous by Nampeyo of Hano.  The eagle tail design is delicately painted with the tail feathers extending over the shoulder of the bowl.  The piece was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom before fired, “Elva Nampeyo”.  Interestingly, it has an original Fred Harvey sticker from 1/71.  The original price was $55!  The tag adds a wonderful provenance to the piece.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Her daughter Adelle Nampeyo continues in the same family tradition.

$ 550.00
Nampeyo, Elva Tewaguna – Mini Bat Wing Bowl (1970’s)

Elva Tewaguna Namepyo, was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo, a granddaughter of the Nampeyo of Hano and a sister of Iris and Tonita Nampeyo and Thomas Polacca.  Her pottery was coil built, stone polished and painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips. This small bowl is a very traditional design with a batwing pattern.  The piece was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Her daughter Adelle Nampeyo continues in the same family tradition.

$ 200.00
Nampeyo, Elva Tewaguna – Wide Bowl with Bat Wing Design (1970’s)

Elva Tewaguna Namepyo, was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo, a granddaughter of the Nampeyo of Hano and a sister of Iris and Tonita Nampeyo and Thomas Polacca.  Her pottery was coil built, stone polished and painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips. This wide shape bowl is a very traditional form for Hopi-Tewa pottery.  This design, the bat wing pattern, is one which was revived by Nampeyo of Hano.   The piece was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Her daughter Adelle Nampeyo continues in the same family tradition.

$ 500.00
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