Quotskuyva, Dextra – Red Jar with Pinch Corn Designs (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 and unusual. The jar is made from traditional Hopi red clay. The designs are “pinched” into the clay. There are corn and cloud patterns. What is maybe the most interesting part of the design is that you can almost see her fingerprints in the clay. There is something both intricate and intimate in this pinch process. It also feels to be a variation on classic “corrugated” pottery where the coils are left exposed. However, that is not the case here, as the designs move vertically while a corrugated vessel would have horizontal designs. The areas without design are then stone polished and 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 excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Simple, elegant, and creative!