This is a striking jar by Steve Lucas. He is one of the leading Hopi-Tewa potters working today. Each piece is coil built, stone polished, painted with native clay slips and bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired. Steve has won “Best of Show” at Santa Fe Indian Market and his work remains some of the most refined and creative. Steve said that he saw a similar design on a piece by Nampeyo of Hano and wanted to create his own interpretation of the imagery. There are larger bird wings which point inward to the “back” of the bird. Separating the wing pairs are bird tail designs. The designs are very tightly painted and use a deep red and yellow clay for the polished surface. The rim of the jar has a polished red clay slip. The piece was traditionally fired creating blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “S. Lucas” and a mudhead (koyemsi) and an ear of corn (corn clan).
Steve Lucas is a great-great-grandson of Nampeyo of Hano. His grandmother was Rachel Nampeyo and his great-grandmother was Annie Healing. While Steve grew up around potter he primarily learned the art from his aunt, Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo. His pottery is amazingly thin-walled, and each piece has a dynamic use of form and design. The pottery is coil built, stone polished, painted and traditionally fired. Steve uses not only traditional designs but often gives his own creative "spin" to the ancient imagery. His pottery is signed with his name and the Mudhead symbol, or Koyemsi. This is reflective of his Hopi-Tewa clan. Steve has won numerous awards for his pottery, including "Best of Show" at Santa Fe Indian Market. We are pleased to carry his works at both our Scottsdale and Santa Fe locations. Steve is featured artist in the recent book by our gallery owner Charles S. King, 'Spoken Through Clay".