If you're familiar with high quality, Native American pottery the name Nampeyo should be very recognizable to you. The Nampeyo/Polacca family has been known, for many years, for producing some of the finest pieces of Hopi pottery that have ever been made.
This wonderful little seed pot was made by Carla Claw Nampeyo. Carla, a member of the Hopi Snow Clan, started making her own pottery in 1984 and this seed pot is one of the first pieces that she ever made.
Tom Polocca, Carla's father, taught her the fundamentals of making traditional Hopi style pottery. Mr. Polacca was one of the most well respected, and well known, of all Hopi potters and he won awards that are too numerous to list in this space.
Tom was the son of Fannie Polacca and the grandson of Nampeyo (1860-1942). Nampeyo led the extended Nampeyo family down the path to become one of the famous fourteen families of Hopi potters. For more information on these families see the book "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery" that was published by Rick Dillingham, who has a very similar seed pot as this is in his personal collection.
We've been collectors of Carla's pottery for several years and it's been quite evident to us that the amazing talent that her father, grandmother, and great-grandmother had was certainly passed on to her. She too has won many awards for her art.
Having a family tree like Carla's certainly helped her while she was learning her craft from "the best of the best". It's quite obvious to us that "the acorn didn't fall far from the tree".
This stunning little seed pot stands 1+3/4" tall and is 1+3/4" in diameter. It weighed in at 70 grams and is signed, and dated, by Carla.
Rather than try to describe the seed pot to you we ask that you look at the pictures as they will describe it better than any words that we may write.
From what we can see the seed pot was actually used to carry seeds to plant new crops. There are some wear spots that indicate that it was held in someone's fingers while planting the seeds.
Although Carla's talent has made her art very collectible, most of her newer pottery has been made in more contemporary styles. Therefore, an older piece like this one should be at the top of any collector's wish list. This is truly one of the first pieces that she ever made.
NOTE: This item will be shipped by USPS Priority Mail at a cost of $5.75
NOTE: The coin that appears in one of the pictures is a quarter dollar.
Peace . . . JJ & Eddie