Quotskuyva, Dextra – Jar with Nampeyo Birds (1990s)
Dextra Quostkuyva Nampeyo is certainly one of the most influential Hopi-Tewa potters of the last 50 years. Not only did she teach 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 an exceptional jar inspired by the work of her great-grandmother Nampeyo of Hano. The shape certainly speaks to the work of Nampeyo, as well as the stylized Sikyatki birds. There are two birds on the jar. Each is painted with bee-weed and accented with both a polished red clay and white. There are very intricately painted designs on the birds, such as the checkerboard pattern and the hatchwork areas. The polished red is an addition to Dextra’s pottery in the 1990s. Do you see the “spirit line” in the black line around the rim of the piece? This is her tribute to Nampeyo of Hano, who would often leave a break in the painted band around the rim of her pottery. The jar was traditionally fired which created the blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom, “Dextra” and a corn plant for her being Corn Clan. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Simple, elegant and a classic!