Namoki, Lawrence – “Awatovi” Shard Design 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. This piece has a series of pottery “shards” that are painted onto the surface. Much like finding the shards on the ground. Each of the sections is different and separated by a white clay painted line. The top section is slipped brown to look like wood and there is a more deeply carved area slipped red. Near the base, there is another deeply carved area with red clay and the bottom are is stone polished. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Lawrence Namoki”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.