Quotskuyva, Dextra – Seedpot with Eagle Tail Design & Shawl (1980s)
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 seedpot has a wide top with designs painted in four sections. There are two eagle tails that extend over the shoulder. The opposite sides have two “wings”, which are painted as Hopi shawls. They are painted with white clay on a red field. The black is bee-weed, a plant. The seedpot was traditionally fired and there are a few blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom in bee-weed, “Dextra” along with a corn plant to represent the Corn Clan. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Dextra was the subject of a retrospective of her pottery at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, along with a companion book entitled, “Painted Perfection“.