Pavatea, Garnet (1915-1981)
Garnet Pavatea began making pottery in the 1940s. Her sister, Myrtle Young was also well known for making pottery, as well as her niece, Kathleen Dewakuku. At Hopi, there are two kinds of clay. One fires red and the other fires out tan or orangish in color. Garnet was one of the few potters who excelled working with the red clay. Even today, few potters use red, as it is more difficult to polish and fire and have it come out with a consistent coloration. Her pottery is signed, “Garnet Pavatea”. Garnet’s work can be found in numerous books and in various museums around the country, including the Heard Museum and the Museum of Northern Arizona.