Hooee, Daisy Nampeyo & Shirley Benn – Bowl with Hopi Birds
This is a collaborative piece by Daisy Hooee Nampeyo and her daughter, Shirley Benn. Daisy 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 bowl was made by Daisy and painted by her daughter, Shirley Benn. The bowl is thin-walled and the designs are very delicately painted. They are a series of classic Hopi-Tewa birds which encompass the surface of the piece. 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 Hooee Nampeyo, Shirley Benn”. Definitely a piece of history!