Nampeyo, Rachel – Jar with Bird Wings and Rain Clouds (1950s)
Rachel Namingha Nampeyo was a granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano and a daughter of Annie Healing. She was the mother of noted potters Priscilla Nampeyo, Dextra Quotskuyva, Eleanor Lucas, Emerson Namingha, and Ruth Namingha. She was known for her use of traditional designs on her pottery and continuing the pottery legacy of her grandmother. This jar is a striking shape with a wide shoulder and a short neck. It is fully polished and painted with a series of bird wings and rain clouds. The black is bee-weed (a plant). The jar was traditionally fired so there are strong blushes on the surface. It is definitely an unusual design for her pottery and more precise in the designs than her later pottery. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Rachel Nampeyo”.