Hopi potter Dawn Navasie expresses her unique vision in the elaborate designs hand-painted on this extraordinary bowl. Handcrafted using the traditional coil method, the pot features black and brown designs on a rich buff-colored background. The hatched lines represent rain, while the spirals within triangles are a stylized depiction of the rain parrot. The step design represents a kiva structure, the spiritual center of a pueblo, and the Hopi place of emergence is symbolized by a single dot inside interlocking geometric forms. Known for her superb craftsmanship and incredibly detailed designs, Navasie has produced a lasting work of art that honors Hopi tradition in a beautiful form.
- Bowl handmade by Dawn Navasie (Hopi)
- Natural clay with all-natural vegetal and mineral slip
- Hand-painted with yucca leaf brush
- Crafted through traditional horizontal coil method
- Traditional designs
- Bowl measures 5-1/4” high x 12-1/2" long x 13-1/2” wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Dawn Navasie, or “Polaquimana” (Red Tail Hawk), was born into the Hopi-Tewa Reservation in 1961 and is a member of the Water Clan. She was inspired to continue the family tradition of pottery making by her famous mother, the late Eunice “Fawn” Navasie. Fawn taught Dawn the fundamentals of making traditional Hopi pottery at the age of 4. Dawn would assist her mother with her pottery which inspired her to learn the art. She began perfecting her skills at the age of 17.
Dawn specializes in handmade traditional Hopi style pottery. Natural minerals and vegetal pigments like wild bee plant, hematite, and red clay are used for coloration. She is a superb artist in the Hopi-Tewa tradition who signs her pottery “Dawn Navasie” followed by a water symbol to denote her clan origin. Dawn is related to Dolly Joe “White Swann” Navasie (sister), Eunice “Fawn” Navasie (mother), and Darrell and Gregory Navasie (brothers).
Hopi pottery is known around the world for its fineness and elegantly painted, fluid designs. Gold-hued pots made from clays found at First Mesa are perhaps best known, though Hopi potters also create beautiful red and white vessels. The modern era of Hopi pottery begins with Nampeyo, a potter who was inspired by ancient vessels uncovered at the ancestral site of Sikyatki in the late 19th century. Her work led to a revival of Sikyatki yellowware, which features brown or red designs painted on a buff-colored background. This color comes from a gray clay that turns light yellow-gold when fired. Hopi redware features black designs on a rich red-brown background, a color that comes from a yellow clay that turns red when fired. Hopi potters use a yucca leaf brush to paint both traditional and contemporary designs onto the surface of their pots, then fire in open pits using sheep manure or cedar as fuel. Today, Hopi artists produce some of the most exquisite handcrafted pots available, and their vessels are among the most collected art forms in Southwestern Native art.
The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico is pottery. Pueblo pottery is known around the world for its remarkable beauty and craftsmanship. It has been made in much the same way for over a thousand years, with every step of creation completed by hand. Pueblo potters do not use a wheel but construct pots using the traditional horizontal coil method or freely forming the shape. After the pot is formed, the artist polishes the piece with a natural polishing stone, such as a river stone, then paints it with a vegetal, mineral or commercial slip. Finally, the pot is fired in an outdoor fire or kiln using manure or wood as fuel. Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez and Acoma Pueblos have distinctive pottery styles that are especially prized by collectors, but accomplished potters are working in all Pueblos. Today, Pueblo pottery is an exciting and dynamic form, with many artists pairing traditional techniques with innovative and stylized designs. Those potters who continue to create pots using traditional methods possess an extraordinary level of skill, and their pots are highly valuable works of fine art that will be enjoyed for generations to come.Read our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.
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