Namoki, Lawrence – “Hopid” Bowl (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, “Hopid”. Interestingly, the name comes from a group called “Artist Hopid” which was formed in the 1970s and included Neil David, Sr,, Milland Lomakema, Delbridge Honanie, Michael Kabotie, and Terrance Talaswaima. Their goal was to create new interpretation of traditional Hopi art forms. They abstracted the thematic elements of dance and song, emphasizing the motion within traditional Hopi ceremonies. This bowl focuses on those abstracted design elements. The bowl has a carved area around the neck that is incised. Around the sides, there are various figures painted onto the bowl. There is a frog, fox, lizard, and a hand with a figure in the sky. The area surrounding the figures is mottled with bee-weed to give it the appearance of texture. 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.