Hooee, Daisy Nampeyo – Bowl with Bird Wing Designs
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 is a classically shaped bowl with a very intricately painted design. There are alternating bird wing and bird tail designs. Note the use of the very red clay slip to accent the painted designs. The bowl was traditionally fired to create the surface coloration. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Daisy Nampeyo”. Definitely a piece of history!