Quotskuyva, Dextra – Jar with Swirling Corn Husk Design (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 jar is creative in style, design, and color. The jar is a deep red on top and a lighter red on the bottom half. The rim is asymmetric and there is a carved swirling band that extends from the rim to the base. It is textured like a corn husk. The jar was traditionally fired. It is signed on the bottom, “Dextra” and a corn plant for her being in the Corn Clan. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Simple, elegant and creative!