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A triumphal piece by Bobby Silas. Inspired by the Sikyatki pottery, this traditionally built and fired piece measures 12 by 7.5 inches. $1275. (TUCSON)
James was understandably proud of the beautiful finish on this double-bird vessel after it came out of the firing. 6 inches high and 9 inches across. $1400. (TUCSON)
At left is a classic Nampeyo pattern favored by Leah Nampeyo, re-interpreted by her son James. 3.5 by 5 inches. $400. (TUCSON) The polychrome parrot effigy bowl was made by Rachel Sahmie Nampyeo (1903-1985) 7 inches long and 4.25 inches high. $600. (SANTA FE)
By James Nampeyo, this has a classic series of old Sikyatki designs that were favored by his great grandmother along with the Sikyatki butterfly motif. 5 inches high and 7 inches across. $850 (TUCSON)
Above left: James Nampeyo Garcia, son of Leah Nampeyo, grandson of Fannie Nampeyo made this piece. He learned pottery-making from his grandmother and dedicated himself to working with her design traditions. 10.5 by 2.5 inches. $800.
At right is an unusual form: a cookie jar. These first began to appear somewhere around 1930. Almost ten inches high and just under 8 inches across. This one dates to around 1950 and may be the work of Imogene Lomakema (1901-1999), who was well-known for her cookie jars. SOLD (BOTH IN TUCSON)
James Nampeyo Garcia created this very special jafr, painted with the classic Nampeyo eagle tail design. The jar is an impressive 7" high and 11" across. $2400. (Tucson)
Born in 1958, James is a member of the Corn Clan from First Mesa. His parents were Leah Polacca of Hopi and Lewis Garcia of Laguna Pueblo. He learned how to work clay from his mother and his grandmother, Fannie Nampeyo. While he formed a few small pots starting around age 5 or 6, it was not until his early twenties that he began making and painting his own work.
“I stick with Nampeyo traditional designs. I more or less like to carry on with what my grandmother taught me.”