Namoki, Lawrence – “Awatovi” Jar (1990s)
Lawrence Namoki was been known for a variety of styles in his pottery. This is one of his classic pieces from the 1990s. It is a jar that is both carved and painted. The jar is entitled, “Awatovi”. The name comes from the Awatovi village near Hopi where many of today’s pottery designs are derived. There are also very famous murals that were on the kiva walls. Lawrence has used some of the figures from the murals as the design on the jar. Around the neck, there is a more deeply carved and incised section. There are six different figures on the jar. The area surrounding them is meant to look like the kiva walls. Interestingly, the jar has two “bottoms”. One where it sits flat. The other where it sits at an angle. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Lawrence Namoki”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.