2021-19  Hopi sandal napkin ring

2021-19 Hopi sandal napkin ring

This sandal is pure kitsch, and like all great kitsch it makes me smile: especially those little toe prints.  Obviously it is tourist art and I don’t know if it was peddled with a purpose.  I think of it as a napkin ring.   Well-formed and carefully painted, it...
2020-19  “Earth in Balance” snake pot

2020-19 “Earth in Balance” snake pot

There are pots in this collection that are spectacular because of the complexity of their design (cf 1999-10).  Seedjar 2020-19 is spectacular because of its simplicity of form. I also respond to its form because, for me, it recalls Nampeyo, whose name can be...
2019-14  Redware bowl with patterned rim

2019-14 Redware bowl with patterned rim

After Nampeyo became functionally blind around 1920 and could no longer paint, she began to add more tactile decorations to the pottery she continued to form (Kramer, 1996:123, 153). Generally such decorations were pressed into the wet clay to give the impression of...
2018-12 Jar with corn and geometric motifs

2018-12 Jar with corn and geometric motifs

This collection is particularly focused on Nampeyo and her descendants, thus the Nampeyo aesthetic is well represented.  Jar 2018-12 is an interesting addition to this collection since it displays an attractive design that follows rules of beauty that are independent...