Quotskuyva, Dextra – Jar with Eagle Tail Design (1980s)
This is a classic jar by Dextra Quotskuyva. She 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 piece is from the mid-1980s. It has a sharp shoulder and a turned-out neck. Both the inside of the neck and areas of the jar are polished with a tan-colored clay. That is a coloration that she used at this time period. The jar has a painted eagle tail design that extends down to the shoulder. While this is a classic Hopi-Tewa design, as usual, Dextra puts her own spin on it to make it perfectly fit the shape of the vessel. The black is painted with bee-weed. The jar was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface. The tight, creative painting, the unique shape, and the high stone polished surface are all reflective of the high-quality pieces created by Dextra. The bottom of the jar is signed with bee-weed, “Detra” with an ear of corn representing the Corn Clan. The jar is in very good 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“.