Quotskuyva, Dextra – Jar with Checkerboard Snow Pattern (1990s)
Dextra Quotskuyva is certainly one of the great innovators among Hopi-Tewa potters. Her work began with more classic imagery and then has evolved over the years to more unique and stylized designs. This jar is from the 1990s and it is a classic of her work. The design is a series of very tightly painted checkerboard patterns separated by painted and polished squares and rectangles. The checkerboard patterns are meant to represent the snow falling on the mesas. The red areas are highly polished and the jar has some beautiful fire clouds. It is a very intricately painted piece and a wonderful shape. The black areas are painted with bee-weed and are perfectly painted. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dextra” with an ear of corn for Corn Clan. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Dextra has been the subject of a retrospective of her pottery at the Museum of Indian Art and Culture called, “Painted Perfection“.