Steve Lucas 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. This large jar is a stunning piece of his pottery in form and design. The jar has a flat side and it extends up to the neck. The side is fully painted with a variety of Hopi star and cloud designs. Along the shoulder, the jar has four sections of eagle tail designs. The tails are slipped in red and brown. Separating them are larger panels with additional bird tail designs. These incorporate a green clay slip in addition to the red. The jar has both an ancient and modern appearance to the design. The tight precision painting gives the jar an impressive appearance. The piece was traditionally fired and the last photo shows the jar when it came out of the firing! The jar has a dynamic coloration from the firing. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “S. Lucas” and a mudhead (koyemsi) and an ear of corn (corn clan). Spectacular!
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".
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