Quotskuyva, Dextra – Jar with Flower Design (2000)
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 is from around 2000. In her later work combines the polished red with mica along with innovative designs. This jar has a flower pattern. Take a look at the photo from the top, revealing the petals. Look at the bottom and you can see the leaves spiraling upward! The remainder of the jar has the additional petals flowing around in both black (bee-weed) and polished red. It is a wonderfully creative and intricate with a sloping high shoulder and a small neck. 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“.