2003-03 Pitcher with Kachina Designs

Hopi-Tewa pitcher with a simple polychromatic design of Kachina Mana faces and fine blushing from the firing. Priscilla, a daughter of Rachel and thus great-granddaughter of Nampeyo, was 63 years old when she made this pot in 1987. The pot was sold to me by Marsha Goodrich of El Cajon, CA, whose son Steve became friends with Priscilla and her family in the 1980s. Steve had become fascinated with Hopi pottery—particularly the tourist trinkets made for sale along Route 66 in the early decades of the 20th century. He asked Priscilla to recreate many of these items for him. (Much as Thomas Keam had asked Nampeyo to recreate copies of ancient Sikyatki ware!) In March 1987, Steve called Priscilla and asked her to make this pitcher. He picked it up in Polacca while attending a July 4th party at her home. In its intent, form, and design (if not its finish) this pitcher is similar to the Polacca ware pitcher made 100 years earlier for sale to white folk (see 1997-09).

For other pots in the collection by Priscilla, see the Artist List.