Qoyawayma, Al – Large Polychrome “Whirlwind” Jar with Lid
This large jar by Al Qoyawayma is an amazing piece with sophisticated clay work and beautiful detail in the carved designs. The jar has an elegant shape with a wide shoulder and a fully carved and designed top surface. Al looks back to the past for inspiration in his designs on his polychrome pottery. He is also thinking about the future and historic “what if”, in the sense that how would Hopi pottery have evolved if no Western contact. The jar has a “whirlwind” or spiraling pattern. The spiral birds has an impressed corn design. There are small corn designs impressed into the clay. It is amazing the amount of time that goes into a piece like this. There are two green eagles carved into the clay. There is also a double eagle design on the top of the red polished red. Note as well there are over four different colors of clay used on the jar. The last piece is the jar in process. It’s incredible the amount of time Al takes to make his pieces with such precision and creativity. The remainder of the jar is polished tan. This piece is a striking balance of form, sculpture, color and design! The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.