Quotskuyva, Dextra – Jar with Shawl Designs (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 and it has a wide shoulder and a slight neck. The jar is fully polished in a vertical manner to create an “onion skin” appearance. This is style of polishing often seen in historic pottery. The jar is then painted with simple textile or shawl designs. The black band has polished white areas with arrow designs. The red section is fully polished. Note how the shapes of the sections are smaller at the base, wide at the shoulder and then smaller at the neck. It’s always nice to see a piece of her pottery with such strong polished areas. The jar was traditionally fired which resulted in the striking blushes on the surfaces. The jar 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.
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