Hopi plain redware bowl with incised band by Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo. Although it is reminiscent of the incised redware pots made twenty years ago by Garnet Pavatia (using a can opener), Hopi incised pots are unusual. (Though when made, they are usually plainware.) Although thin, even and well made, this pot has a casual fun sense of design missing in the more orderly (and elegant) Pavatia pots.
According to Leo Maestas of Nakai’s Indian Center, Holbrook, Priscilla came by his house and sold him this pot and several of a similar design about 1982. In 1992 I had seen this pot in their pawn safe and was offered about half off the marked price. When I stopped by on 5/14/93, this pot with a card indicating my name, address and the reduced price was still in the pawn safe. Offered an additional 20% off the reduced price and I decided the pot wanted to leave the safety of the safe and move to Houston.