Nampeyo, Carla Claw – Jar with Carved Hano Mana
Carla Claw Nampeyo is a daughter of noted potter Thomas Polacca and a niece of Fannie Nampeyo. She is also a great-granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano. Her brother is Gary Polacca and she is married to Raul Claw (Navajo). She is known for her incised pottery and the use of slips that give the appearance of wood to the surface of her pottery. This jar has a Hano Mana Katsina as the design. She is carved in relief on the surface and highlight with various clay slips. She is standing in front of a Kiva ladder. The remainder of the jar is fully polished tan (the natural color of the clay). It is said of the Hano Mana Katsina:
.Hano Mana is also called Tewa Girl. She appears in the pre-planting season Bean Dance. She represents the hope and wish for a good harvest, enough to eat over the next winter, and a good luck symbol is the corn she is usually seend carrying.
The jar is signed on the bottom, “Carla Nampeyo”.