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Anything Goes: Hopi Historic Eccentrics

Anything Goes: Hopi Historic Eccentrics

  • Steve Elmore Indian Art announces its show for Santa Fe's August Indian Market:


"Anything Goes: Historic Hopi Eccentrics", a sale and exhibition of over two dozen eccentric historic Hopi ceramics, between 1895-1930. Many of the ceramics are by the great Hopi potter Nampeyo or her family. The show opens August 10, at 5 p.m. with an opening reception at Steve Elmore Indian Art, 839 Paseo de Peralta, in Santa Fe.

Over the decades, Hopi potters have produced an amazing variety of ceramic forms. We know that Nampeyo was taught to model clay into sculptures by the American sculptor Emry Kopta around 1900. We also know that Nampeyo and her husband Lesou learned that the more unusual ceramic shapes and designs that she could make, the faster the pieces sold to the visitors. Nampeyo was motivated by the art market to create new forms and designs. This led her and the other Hopi potters to create many rare and unusual ceramic forms. Some of these forms, like the Hopi vase, have evolved into established categories of their own. This remarkable sense of innovation characterizes much of Hopi pottery.



Anything Goes: Hopi Historic Eccentrics
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