Hooee, Daisy Nampeyo – Bowl with Bird Wing and Geometric Designs (1981)
Daisy Hooee Nampeyo is one of the extraordinary Hopi-Tewa women making pottery in the last century. She was a daughter of Annie Nampeyo Healing and a granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano. Her daughter is Shirley Benn and granddaughter Cheryl Naha Nampeyo. Daisy spent many of her formative years with her grandmother and learned how to make pottery at a very early age. However, she began to lose her vision and had an operation to remove cataracts due to an infection. She attended the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris through her benefactor, Anita Bladwin. When she returned to Hopi, she married Ray Naha, then Leo Pablano (from Zuni) and finally Sidney Hooee from Zuni. Her life story is as fascinating as her pottery. This small bowl is from 1981. It is fully painted with detailed bird wings and cloud designs. The bowl was traditionally fired to create the surface coloration. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. There is some fugitive black across the surface. It is signed on the bottom, “Daisy H. Nampeyo”. Definitely a piece of history!