Nampeyo, Elva Tewaguna – Wide Bowl with Bat Wing Design (1970’s)
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 wide shape bowl is a very traditional form for Hopi-Tewa pottery. This design, the bat wing pattern, is one which was revived by Nampeyo of Hano. The piece was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Her daughter Adelle Nampeyo continues in the same family tradition.