Nampeyo, Camille “Hisi” – Wide Bowl with Star Pattern
Camille “Hisi” Quotskuyva learned to make pottery from her mother, Dextra Quotskuyva, 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 wide bowl has a star on the top of the piece. The star design with the fineline patterns surrounding it is inspired by the Awatovi pottery from the 1400’s. The star pattern here is painted with a red clay and the surrounding lines are painted with bee-weed, a plant. When looked at from the side, the bowl has a mountain and rain pattern while from the top, the star emanates out from the center design. Note the subtle variations in color from the firing. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom.