Friday, April 6, 2012

Hopi Coiled Pottery by Chereen Nampeyo

Hopi Coiled Pottery Vessel by Chereen Nampeyo
Nampeyo (1860 to 1942) from the Hopi First Mesa was an internationally acclaimed potter.  She mastered the prehistoric Sikyatki style of pottery decoration (characterized by depictions of animals, faces, and geometric designs) by studying motifs on pottery pieces excavated from ruins.   Nampeyo's family name and traditions of pottery methods thrive onward in a delightful way through her daughters and grand descendants like Chereen who signs her pottery with her name and the cornstalk hallmark of her family. Chereen's adheres to the time honored traditional pottery creations of her family by using local clay sources and natural materials for painting her hand coiled pots.