Nampeyo was an inventive painter whose artistic energy encouraged her to experiment with new forms and designs throughout her career. Reviewing her oeuvre reveals that, while inventive, Nampeyo also favored particular design elements and returned to these familiar patterns repeatedly. Barbara Kramer (1996:184-188) provides illustrations of common Nampeyo designs, as do Wade and Cooke (2012:232-243).
Over five dozen “Nampeyo” pots are included in this collection, from trinkets to masterpieces. See “Nampeyo #1, #2, #3 and #4” in the Artist List and Appendix D for the full list. Of course this is but a small subset of Nampeyo’s life work, but this sample also reveals design elements that she repeatedly used. You can experience her favorite design elements by choosing from the list below and then clicking on the hyperlinks of pots that incorporate that element. If a pot that displays many of Nampeyo’s design strategies (Appendix B) also displays many of these favored design elements, that is additional evidence that the pot is “by Nampeyo.”