Quotskuyva, Dextra – Bowl with Lizards (1990s)
Dextra Quostkuyva Nampeyo is certainly one of the most influential Hopi-Tewa potters of the last 50 years. Not only did she teach 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 has an unusual design. It is coil built and stone polished. There are two lizards painted onto the surface. They are separated by a cloud and mesa design on each side. The piece is painted with bee-weed (black) and traditionally fired with blushes on the surface. This bowl is signed on the bottom, “Dextra” and a corn plant for her being in the Corn Clan. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Simple, elegant and creative!