Nampeyo, Camille “Hisi” – Jar with Hopi Bird Designs (1997)
This is a striking larger bowl 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 bowl has a wide shape and two large deconstructed Hopi-Tewa birds as the design. The birds are in two of the sections and the bird tails in the alternating sections. Note the very delicately painted lines on the bowl! As well, red is highly polished for a striking visual contrast. 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 bowl 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.