Quotskuyva, Dextra – 9″ Wide Bowl with Spiraling Sikyatki Birds (1980s)
Dextra Quostkuyva Nampeyo is certainly one of the most influential Hopi-Tewa potters of the last 50 years. Not only has she taught numerous potters (Steve Lucas, Yvonne Lucas, Les Namingha, Loren Ami, Hisi Nampeyo, to name just a few), but her creative designs and forms changed have dramatically influenced the pottery itself. This wide bowl is from the late 1980s. The bowl has a more classic shape for the time with a round shoulder and flat top. It is painted with bee-weed (black) and red clay. The bowl has large Siyatki inspired birds on the top. Two are deconstructed and painted with bee-weed (black). Each is painted with delicate lines. Extending out from them are larger red polished birds. The bowl has a creative flow of design and Dextra’s striking attention to detail and matching the design to the form. The bowl was traditionally fired to create blushes or fire clouds on the surface. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dextra” along with a corn plant to represent the Corn Clan. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.
“If I dream about different designs, I dream this should be here and that should be there. Once I start doing that, I get up and try to sketch it. I leave it and then I think about it. It won’t hurt to go ahead and put it on the pot if that’s what it’s meant for. I’ll go ahead and do it. If I don’t, then I keep thinking about it. Another dream, a repeat of the same one. So, I decided there’s a reason why. So I’ll go and put it on the pot. The dreams lead me to something new. It’s kind of funny. I worried that people would not like what I was doing. My mom said that because you are changing it people are not going to like it. I thought I don’t know. All these ideas about life in this world, what to leave, and what’s important in life. Living the spiritual life. That’s how I got started. I guess it was alright. I couldn’t get away from it anyway.” Dextra Quotskuyva, Spoken Through Clay