Nampeyo, Camille “Hisi” – Jar with Butterfly and Bird Tail Designs (1999)
Camille “Hisi” Quotskuyva 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 is one of her classic shapes with a flared rim. The body of the jar has butterfly and bird tail designs. The butterfly wings are painted with thin lines for which she is famous. The black is painted with bee-weed and the red clay slip in the design is stone polished and has some mica in it. 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.