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Quotskuyva, Dextra – Jar with Bird and Quail (1996)

Quotskuyva, Dextra – Jar with Bird and Quail (1996)

5.25"w x 4.5"h
$ 4,400.00
Availability: In stock

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 jar was originally purchased from her in 1996. It has two medallions, each with a different bird.  Each bird is very intricately painted.  The area surrounding the birds is highly polished red clay slip.  The red she was using at this time polished to a high shine and has just a bit of mica which is reflective.  The jar was traditionally fired so there are very light blushes to 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.  Dextra was the subject of a retrospective of her pottery at the Wheelwright Museum, along with a companion book entitled, “Painted Perfection“.


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Quotskuyva, Dextra Nampeyo (1928-2019)

Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo Few potters to have had such impact on their art as Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo.  She is a great-granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano, descending through her eldest daughter, Annie Healing.  For almost forty years, she has been one of the most creative, innovative and influential potters at Hopi.  She is also the mother of famed painter Dan Namingha and potter Hisi Quotskuyva.  She taught Steve Lucas, Loren Ami, Yvonne Lucas and Les Namingha to make pottery, resulting in a nearly unprecedented influence in Hopi pottery. Dextra continues to use the bee-weed plant for the black and native clay slips for the red. Dextra's pottery can be found in the permanent collection of numerous museums and has been the subject of a book and exhibition at the Wheelwright Museum, entitled, "Painted Perfection."  Dextra uses only traditional Hopi pottery methods in hand coil construction, stone polish, paint, and open fire.
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