Hopi Tewa Pottery

Hopi Tewa

Pueblo Pottery Maine presents traditional and contemporary pottery by Hopi artists including Tonita Hamilton Nampeyo, Burel Naha, Nona Naha, Stetson Setalla, Gwen Setalla, Dolly Joe Navasie, Donna Navasie Robertson, Marianne Navasie, Gloria Mahle, Clinton Nampeyo, Adelle Lalo Nampeyo, Reva Polacca Ami, Neva Polacca Choyou, Carla Claw Nampeyo, Roberta Youvella Silas, James Garcia Nampeyo, Vernida Polacca, Venora Silas, Dorothy Ami, Venora Silas, and Dawn Navasie

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Karen NamokiKaren Namoki


This is a truly fine, classic Karen plate measuring 8 inches across and 2 inches tall. No flaws and a wonderful creation using Dawa, the Sun Kachina. If you have Gregory Schaaf's book you can see this same plate on page 87. Your price $250 ~ Item #H217. Includes Shipping!



Karen Namoki (Bear Paw hallmark with profile of a Hopi Stone House) of Walpi has been an active potter since 1966 working with black and red on buff bowls, cups and sometimes plates. She is the granddaughter of Roscoe Navasie, Agnes Navasie and Josephine Setalla, and the niece of Eunice Navasie. Her teacher was Pauline Setalla.

"Karen Namoki has developed a distinctive style of pottery. Using a 14th century Sikyatki 'splatter' technique, she covers many of her pots with red and black densely speckled surfaces. Her designs are often pictorial, featuring Dawa, the Sun Kachina and profiles of butterfly wings. She sometimes uses double banded friezes of designs, especially cloud symbols, painted around the rim." Dr. Gregory Schaaf, "Hopi-Tewa Pottery", p.87

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Fawn Navasie-Garcia


This pot,at left, measures 2 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide. Your price $395 ~ Item #H233  Includes Shipping!

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 Fawn Navasie-Garcia is the niece of Frog Woman, daughter of the late Eunice "Fawn" Navasie, and sister to Dawn Navasie and Dolly Joe. James Garcia Nampeyo is her husband. Fawn is an accomplished potter and has shown at several major venues throughout the Southwest. She has been featured at shows in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Heard Museum in Arizona, and others. She is included in Gregory Schaaf's "Hopi-Tewa Potters", Rick Dillingham's "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery" and "Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni" by Hayes and Blom. Fawn signs with her hallmark "Fawn" and hoof print.


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Gwen Setalla tileGwen Setalla



At right is a thunderbird tile by Gwen measuring 5.75 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide. Your price $175 ~ Item #H206 Includes Shipping!

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Gwen Setalla (“Aas-Ku-Mana” Mustard Juice Girl) is of the Bear Clan and has been an active potter since 1985. She was primarily taught by her mother Pauline Setalla with added lessons and experience from her godmother, Rainy Naha and members of the Navasie family.

Gwen Setalla is considered a master potter who makes very thin wall pots with excellent painting. Her work is included in Dillingham’s Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery and Gregory Schaaf’s Hopi-Tewa Pottery.

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Adelle Lalo Nampeyo



This pot, at right, is a batwing design measuring 3.75 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide. Your price $175 ~ Item #H185. Includes Shipping!

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Adelle Lalo Nampeyo is a granddaughter of Fannie Nampeyo and daughter of Elva Tewaguna Nampeyo. She has been making pottery since 1979. Most of her pottery is decorated with traditional Nampeyo family fine line designs or eagle tails. Her work is hand coiled, hand painted and traditionally fired using sheep dung which accounts for the variety in coloring. She firmly believes that she needs to continue making pottery the traditional way because of her strong spiritual beliefs. Adelle's work is included in Dr. Gregory Schaaf's "Hopi-Tewa Pottery", "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery" by Rick Dillingham, and the Native American Resource Collection at the Heard Museum. She believes in the old ways and creates her work in that spirit that joins the human spirit and Mother Earth as one.


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Nona Naha


This plate is a beautiful, unique creation by Nona that she created for us by request. The plate measures 8 inches wide with a batwing motif. Unlikely you'd find another plate created by her. Exquisite detail as in all her work. Your price $750 ~ Item #H228. Click here to see an enlargement.   Includes Shipping!


Copyright Paul LuiseNona Naha is of Hopi-Tewa heritage and of the Corn Clan. She has been active potting since 1988. Nona is the daughter of Sylvan and Edith Nash, and wife of Terry Naha. She learned the art of pottery making from Feather Woman - Helen Naha, and Feather Woman's daughters - Sylvia and Rainy Naha. Our last visit with her was great, lots of fun, and we brought back some treasures from this artist with ever increasing popularity that is well deserved. Her work has increased in value very well over the last four years and her work is  considered a prudent investment as well as a delight to see and hold.

"Nona Naha produces some of the thinnest pottery at Hopi. She has stated that she loves the feeling of relief and satisfaction when the pot is completed. "The process for me is long, since I take time to do my best" says Nona. "I also appreciate the reaction of the buyers who acknowledge art and the work behind it." - from "Hopi-Tewa Pottery:500 Artist Biographies" (p. 79) by Gregory Schaaf.

Nona has taken many awards at shows throughout the Southwest, including 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall at the Hopi Show in Flagstaff, Arizona at the Museum of Northern Arizona. She has become very well known for this style of beautiful seed pot featuring turtles, lizards, butterflies and traditional patterns usually measuring four or five inches in diameter and a few inches in depth.

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Donna Navasie Robertson

The pot at right has great graphics and a unique shape rarely seen in Hopi pottery. Strong appeal measuring 6 inches tall by 6 inches wide. Your price $425 ~ Item #H241. Shipping Included

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Donna Navasie Robertson has been an active potter since 1990 working with black and red on white. She is the grand daughter of Joy Navasie (second Frog Woman, Yellow Flower) and the daughter of Marianne Navasie thus she is part of a very rich Hopi-Tewa tradition of creating fine pottery. Her work is included in many publications including Rick Dillingham’s "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery" and Dr. Gregory Schaaf’s "Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies".

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Antoinette Sila Hone Hopi potteryAntoinette Silas Hone


This pot measures 6.75 inches tall by 5.75 inches wide. Your price $650 ~ Item #H246. Price includes shipping! Click here to see an enlargement.

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Antoinette Silas Hone created this beautiful pot that is hand coiled, hand painted and pit fired using wood and dung in the Hopi tradition. She is the sister of Loretta Silas and a daughter of Roberta Silas whose work we presented for years. Roberta was a uniquely creative spirit. Like her mother and sister, Antoinette gathers her own clay at First Mesa along with clays, minerals and vegetation that are used to create the beautiful designs that are the hallmark of the Silas family pottery. This pot has very good shape, color and execution plus a grand flair of inspiration in the design. There is a smallish smoke cloud on one side but this is not uncommon for a pot that is fired in the traditional way. Anyone can fire pottery in a kiln but it takes years of learning and practice to create pit fired pottery.

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Steve Lucas

This very fine pot at right measures 3.5 inches tall by 5.75 inches wide with beautiful detail, color and shape. Your price $975 ~ Item #H244 Click here to see an enlargement. Shipping Included

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Steve Lucas has been creating Hopi-Tewa pottery since 1985 and has earned a recognized reputation for excellence. He is a direct descendant of Nampeyo of Hano; the grandson of Rachel Namingha Nampeyo; son of Eleanor Lucas; and brother to Karen Lucas and Eleanor Lucas. Steve has won many awards over the years at the Santa Fe Indian Market including First Prize, Best of Division and Best of Show. He has been published in Rick Dillingham's book "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery" and in "Hopi-Tewa Pottery" by Dr. Gregory Schaaf.

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Vernida NampeyoVernida Polacca

Vernida created this Nampeyo family migration pattern on a hand coiled, traditionally shaped and fired pot measuring 5.75 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide. The pattern is excellent but the neck is a bit distorted from some angles. This piece came from an estate auction in a lot. It is a shape that is rarely seen and has real appeal. If you like what you see but are concerned about the neck just send an email and we'll take a few more photos for you. It's a very good price even for an imperfect piece. Your price $195 ~ Item #H245. Includes Shipping!

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Vernida Polacca (Nampeyo) is Nampeyo of Hano's great-granddaughter, the daughter of Harold Polacca Nampeyo, Sr. (Tewa) and Alice Polacca (Pima) and sister to renown potters Clinton and Reva. Her work is traditionally coiled and fired. She travels around the country exhibiting at major shows and likes to demonstrate her techniques. Her reputation is growing very quickly.


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