Quotskuyva, Dextra – “Bird Wings” Jar (1984), Painted Perfection p. 75
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 is an earlier jar from 1984. It is painted with a very fine-line bird wing pattern. The design is repeated four times around the shoulder of the piece. The rim of the jar is also very tightly painted. It is painted with natural clay slips and bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired to create the blushes or fire-clouds on the surface. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dextra” along with a corn plant to represent the Corn Clan. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is a little superficial slip crack on the base, which can be seen in the photo of the signature. This jar is also published in the book, “Painted Perfection” on page 75. Dextra was the subject of a retrospective of her pottery at the Museum of Indian Art and Culture, along with a companion book entitled, “Painted Perfection“.
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