Qoyawayma, Al – “Modern Migration” Polychrome Lidded Jar
This large jar by Al Qoyawayma is stunning in his use of numerous clay slips, various levels of carving and his own innovative shape. Al says his inspiration for his polychrome pieces is to imagine how Hopi Sikyatki pottery might have evolved without western contact. This jar has two sharp shoulders and a central band which is fully carved. The band is designed with corn, various birds, and prayer feather patterns. Each is slipped and polished with various clays! The top has a stylized version inspired by the Migration pattern. Here there are two sections which are like the historic migration design and they spiral into a larger red parrot and a green eagle. The center of the jar (which is the lid), has a star pattern and then a spiral for the galaxy. Note the various layers of carving along with all the different colors of clay. The amount of time to design, carve and polish this jar is extraordinary! There are over five different clay slips used on this piece! This piece is a striking balance of form, sculpture, color, and design! It is signed on the bottom in the clay.