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