Artist Media Series
This jar by Les Namingha is a traditional piece of his work from around 2000. It is coil-built from red Hopi clay painted with bee-weed and red, and white clay slips and traditionally fired. The jar is fully polished and then painted. It is a variety of designs, all focused on the classic “Migration pattern” seen in Hopi pottery. Around the neck of the jar are lines and dots. The lines are Les’s version of the migration pattern. The open space from the neck to near the base represents a sacred area on First Mesa of Hopi where there is a gap along the horizon line of the mesa. Around the shoulder, one side has bird wings and migration lines. They are filled with thin lines and white clay accents. It is a complex and modern use of Hopi-Tewa imagery. The opposite side has Les’s pointillism with small black and red dots. What you can’t tell from the photo is that this side has a great texture from all the dots! There are black lines and larger white dots. This side is meant to represent the universe and migration to the stars. It is striking in complexity, detail, and coloration. It is signed, “Les Namingha”. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.