Polacca Nampeyo, Vernida – Jar with Red-Tail Hawk Design
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 jar has a wide shoulder and a short neck. The shoulder of the jar is fully painted with a traditional red-tail hawk design. She painted a strong checkerboard design as part of the red-tail hawk pattern. It is painted with bee-weed (black) and a polished red clay slip near the neck. The lines are even and precise. The jar was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Vernida Polacca Nampeyo”.