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This is a large and intricately painted jar by Dextra Quotskuyva. She is certainly one of the great innovators among Hopi-Tewa potters. Her work began with more classic imagery and then has evolved over the years to more unique and stylized designs. This jar is coil-built and painted with bee-weed and polished red areas. It is from 1982. The jar has a narrow base, wide shoulder, and sloping side. The top half of the jar is painted with bee-weed and polished red areas. The design is inspired by the Awatovi Star or Lighting patterns. There are intricately painted lines that encompass the surface of the jar. They are accentuated with triangular red-polished areas. The jar was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface. The size, precision of the painting, and the red polished surfaces all make this a distinctive piece by Dextra. They create strong visual cues that this is her work even before it is turned over to see her signature! The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dextra” and an ear of corn, as she is Corn Clan. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Dextra has been the subject of a retrospective of her pottery at the Wheelwright called, “Painted Perfection“.