Sahmie, Andrew – Hano Mana Katsina Ladle
Andrew Sahmie is a son of noted potter Priscilla Nampeyo and a brother of Nyla, Rachel, Jean, and Bonnie Sahmie. He is married to Ida Sahmie. His pottery often includes wood katsinas attached to the clay. This is a very unusual piece. It is a plainware Hopi-Tewa ladle that has been traditionally fired. Andrew has carved a Hano Mana katsina out of cottonwood. The figure is carved at the end of the ladle and the front is carved with pottery designs. The wood handle is attached to the clay “spoon”. While it sits on its own, it comes with a round leather-wrapped ring in which it sits more securely. It is a creative idea and well-executed. It is signed on the bottom, “Sahme”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.