Nampeyo, Camille “Hisi” – “Starry Night” Jar with Carved Mesa ( 1990s)
This is a striking and VERY unusual piece by Camille “Hisi” Quotskuyva. 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 is one of her more contemporary style of pottery. Below the shoulder, the bowl is fully polished. Above the shoulder on the flat top, it is carved with a mesa scene. The mesa area is matte. The surrounding area is slipped with bee-weed (black) and the speckled with white clay to make the “stars”. The result is a dynamic use of clay and design. The piece was traditionally fired with slight blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.