Nampeyo, Camille “Hisi” – Jar with Bat Wing Design (1995)
This is a striking jar by Camille “Hisi” Nampeyo. She learned to make pottery from her mother, Dextra Quotskuyva. She is a sister of noted painter Dan Namingha and a descendant of Nampeyo of Hano, Annie Healing and Rachel Nampeyo. She is known for her use of traditional imagery and the delicate painting of her designs. This jar has an elegant shape with a wide shoulder and a short neck. The jar is painted with a batwing design on both sides. It is painted with thin lines and highlighted with a red clay slip. The red is stone polished and note how it has a slight bit of mica to the shine. The black is painted with bee-weed. The jar is traditionally fired to create the fire clouds on the surface. It is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.