Nampeyo, Elva Tewaguna – Bowl with Bat Wing Design (1970s)
Elva Tewaguna Namepyo was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo, a granddaughter of the Nampeyo of Hano, and a sister of Iris and Tonita Nampeyo and Thomas Polacca. Her pottery was coil built, stone polished, and painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips. This bowl is a very traditional design with a batwing pattern. The piece was traditionally fired to create blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom, “Elva Nampeyo” along with a corn plant for her being part of the Corn Clan. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Her daughter Adelle Nampeyo continues in the same family tradition.