Vernida Polacca Nampeyo is a great-granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano and a granddaughter of Fannie Nampeyo. Her father, Harold Polacca, was a son of Fannie. She is a sister of noted potters Clinton Polacca and Reva Ami. Vernida is known for her finely painted traditionally designed Hopi pottery. This bowl has a round shoulder and an elongated neck. The jar is fully painted with a migration pattern. There are seven bird wings above the shoulder and seven below, for a total of 14. Note the precision of Verndia’s painting. It is painted with bee-weed and red clay and traditionally fired to create blushes on the surface. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Vernida Polacca Nampeyo”.
Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo said of the migration pattern:
“This is the one design that was really stressed for us to use, the migration pattern. Nothing but lines, representing the migration of all the people to all the places, including down below and up above. It has seven points at the top and bottom. All the x’s represent life from the bottom and top, telling you the universe is one. The thin lines, I just wanted to paint them real fast and real close to try and include everyone.” Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo, Spoken Through Clay
Vernida Polacca Nampeyo (b.1955) is a great-granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano and a granddaughter of Fannie Nampeyo through her father, Harold Polacca. She is a sister of noted potters Clinton Polacca and Reva Ami. Vernida is known for her finely painted traditionally designed Hopi pottery.