Hopi Miniature Jars by Rachel Sahmie
These miniature jars by Rachel Sahmie were fired in October 2020. They feature classic Sikyatki Revival designs, and making miniatures is a Nampeyo family tradition dating back to their nascence in the early 1900s, when they were made as souvenirs to appeal to the railroad and Route 66 tourists of the Southwest. Miniatures were also common in the prehistoric world, where they were seen as objects for children, ceremony, or practical use such as carrying medicine or pigments. Rachel says she was specifically taught to make miniatures by her mother, Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo (1924-2008), another Nampeyo family master potter. Rachel Sahmie is a fifth generation master potter at First Mesa, and is the great-great-granddaughter of Nampeyo (1856-1942), the matriarch of Hopi pottery. The jar on the left measures 1 5/8" height and 2 3/4" diameter, the jar in the center is 1 5/8" height and 2 7/8" diameter, and the jar on the right is 2" height and 2 3/4" diameter. All three jars are clearly signed "Nampeyo Koo Loo." These miniature jars would make great gifts as they are authentic, traditionally-made pieces of art by a master potter, who laughingly complains that miniatures are almost as much trouble as big jars. The jars on the right and left have sold.