Ami, Loren – Hilili Katsina Jar
Loren Ami’s pottery is inspired by traditional Hopi designs and forms. Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays (red) and bee-weed (black) and outdoor fired. This jar is one of his classic shapes with a wide shoulder and a turned out neck. Loren said that the design on this jar was inspired by the Hilili Katsina. The are inspired by the mask worn by the katsina. The Hilili Katsina’s name comes from the call or noise that he makes. He is a Guard Kachina, who is mainly seen holding Yucca whips. He has become a popular guard at the ceremonies due to his dancing style. He can bee seen in the Powamu and Night dances. The jar has been traditionally fired which creates the blushes on the surface. Note the use of the mica in the red clay slip! It is signed on the bottom.