Namingha, Les – Large Jar with Hopi and Geometric Designs
This large jar by Les Namingha is inspired by Hopi-Tewa shapes and designs. The band around the shoulder is a series of very classic Hopi-Tewa designs. They are painted in traditional colorations. However, it is the top and bottom of the jar which become the overall focus. The top has multi-color ellipses which extend downward from the rim and over the Hopi designs. They give the jar a dynamic appearance. When looking down from the top, the color and shape variations almost have a kinetic feel! Les said he wanted it to look like a “pinwheel” with spinning colors. The bottom of the jar has more solid geometric shapes and the multi-color forms are more angular. The jar itself is a classic Hopi shape with the wide shoulder and short neck. It is a complex and striking jar. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.