Quotskuyva, Dextra – Bowl with Hummingbirds (1990’s)
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 bowl is painted with her very famous delicate lines. There are two hummingbirds painted around the shoulder of the jar. The beaks extend down below the shoulder while the wings and tail feathers (in red) encircle the jar. The style of the birds comes from the pottery of Nampeyo of Hano. The base of the bowl is fully slipped with a matte red clay. The black is bee-weed and the red is a clay slip. The bowl is traditionally fired and there are a few blushes on the surface. The bowl is signed on the bottom in bee-weed, “Dextra” along with a corn plant to represent the Corn Clan. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Dextra was the subject of a retrospective of her pottery at the Wheelwright Museum, along with a companion book entitled, “Painted Perfection“.