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Fannie Nampeyo (Hopi-Tewa) holding a piece of her pottery (1979, Lee's Indian Art).

Fannie Nampeyo was the youngest daughter of noted potter Nampeyo of Hano and also the mother of noted potters Iris Nampeyo, Leah Nampeyo and Thomas Polacca. She was certainly among the most skilled of her generation for painting designs on her pottery. While her mother revived the "migration" or bird wing design, Fannie made is a signature design of her pottery and of the Nampeyo family. Fannie's pottery can be found in museums around the world, along with information in books such as, "Nampeyo: The Legacy of a Master Potter".

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Nampeyo, Fannie – Migration Pattern Jar (1970’s)

This is a classic jar by Fannie Nampeyo. She was the youngest daughter of noted potter Nampeyo of Hano and also the mother of noted potters Iris Nampeyo, Leah Nampeyo, and Thomas Polacca.  She was certainly among the most skilled of her generation for painting designs pottery.  While her mother revived the “migration” or bird wing design, Fannie made is a signature design of her pottery and of the Nampeyo family.  This jar is wide in shape with a round shoulder and a short neck with a turned out rim.  However, it is the migration pattern which dominates the surface of this piece.  The migration pattern, or bird wings, extend around the entire jar in 8 sections.  The jar was traditionally fired so that it has some visually striking blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom, “Fannie Nampeyo” and a corn plant representing the corn clan.   It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is one spot of spalling on the top of the shoulder which can be seen in the photos.  Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo said of  the migration pattern:

“This is the one design that was really stressed for us to use, the migration pattern. Nothing but lines, representing the migration of all the people to all the places, including down below and up above. It has seven points at the top and bottom. All the x’s represent life from the bottom and top, telling you the universe is one. The thin lines, I just wanted to paint them real fast and real close to try and include everyone.”  Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo, Spoken Through Clay

$ 2,200.00
Nampeyo, Fannie – Mini Jar with Cloud Design (1970’s)

This is one of the smallest pieces we have had from Fannie Nampeyo. She was the youngest daughter of noted potter Nampeyo of Hano and also the mother of noted potters Iris Nampeyo, Leah Nampeyo, and Thomas Polacca.  She was certainly among the most skilled of her generation for painting designs pottery.  This miniature is in the shape of a water jar  It has a cloud or water swirl encircling the shoulder of the piece.  It is signed on the bottom, “Fannie Nampeyo” and a corn plant representing the corn clan.   It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo said of  the migration pattern:

$ 175.00
Nampeyo, Fannie – Large Migration Pattern Jar (1970’s)

This is a spectacular large jar by Fannie Nampeyo. She was the youngest daughter of noted potter Nampeyo of Hano and also the mother of noted potters Iris Nampeyo, Leah Nampeyo, and Thomas Polacca.  She was certainly among the most skilled of her generation for painting designs pottery.  While her mother revived the “migration” or bird wing design, Fannie made is a signature design of her pottery and of the Nampeyo family.  This larger jar is very wide in shape with a round shoulder and a short neck. The neck is slightly turned out on the rim.  However, it is the migration pattern which dominates the surface of this piece.  The migration pattern, or bird wings, extend around the entire jar in 10 sections.  The jar was traditionally fired so that it has some visually striking blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom, “Fannie Nampeyo” and a corn plant representing the corn clan.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo said of  the migration pattern:

“This is the one design that was really stressed for us to use, the migration pattern. Nothing but lines, representing the migration of all the people to all the places, including down below and up above. It has seven points at the top and bottom. All the x’s represent life from the bottom and top, telling you the universe is one. The thin lines, I just wanted to paint them real fast and real close to try and include everyone.”  Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo, Spoken Through Clay

$ 2,800.00
Nampeyo, Fannie – Bowl with Blackbird Migration Pattern (1960’s)

This bowl by Fannie Nampeyo is a classic bowl shape.  form.   The design is a black bird migration pattern with the bird in black above the shoulder and the bird tail below the shoulder.  The design has a great flow around the entire piece.  It was traditionally fired creating the striking color variations on the surface.  It’s not often that we see such complex painting on Fannie’s smaller pieces.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Fannie Nampeyo” and it is from the 1960’s.

$ 775.00
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