Bobby Silas credits learning to make pottery from Navasie. Bobby says his focus is to revive the Siktayki pottery of 1100-1600. The revival of the ancient Sikyatki pottery clay and firings has never been taken on by any Hopi potters. Since 2015 Bobby has revived the Siktayki method of firing using lignite coal, which he acquires near First Mesa at Hopi. The Sikayki pottery was fired with lignite, which burns longer and at a higher temperature than firing pottery with sheep manure. After nearly 500 years, Bobby has been experimenting in its revival. His pieces are inspired by the Sikyatki polychrome and Jeddito black-on-yellow pottery. Each piece is hand coiled, painted with native clay slips and a variant of the bee-weed plant. Bobby has won awards for his distinctive and creative pottery. We are pleased to have his work in both our Scottsdale and Santa Fe Galleries.
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