Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo
Few potters to have had such impact on their art as Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo. She is a great-granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano, descending through her eldest daughter, Annie Healing. For almost forty years, she has been one of the most creative, innovative and influential potters at Hopi. She is also the mother of famed painter Dan Namingha and potter Hisi Quotskuyva. She taught Steve Lucas, Loren Ami, Yvonne Lucas and Les Namingha to make pottery, resulting in a nearly unprecedented influence in Hopi pottery. Dextra continues to use the bee-weed plant for the black and native clay slips for the red. Dextra's pottery can be found in the permanent collection of numerous museums and has been the subject of a book and exhibition at the Wheelwright Museum, entitled, "Painted Perfection." Dextra uses only traditional Hopi pottery methods in hand coil construction, stone polish, paint, and open fire.