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Quotskuyva, Dextra – Jar with Hummingbird Design (1990’s)

Quotskuyva, Dextra – Jar with Hummingbird Design (1990’s)

4.5"w x 3.5"h
$ 2,200.00
Availability: Out of 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 is one of her pieces from the 1990s. The jar is very highly polished and painted colorful hummingbird below the shoulder.  Note the red on the head and the wings.  Behind the hummingbird is the bird tail design.  It is very detailed in its design.  Across the shoulder is a stylized bird pattern.  The jar is painted with bee-weed (black) and a red clay slip.   The piece as traditionally fired, which created the striking coloration to this piece.  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 Museum of Indian Art and Culture, along with a companion book entitled, “Painted Perfection“.


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Artist

Artist

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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