Shutiva, Stella – Native American Potter – Acoma

Stella Shutiva (1939 to 1979)

Stella Shutiva brought the aesthetics of prehistoric ceramics into the twentieth century, using techniques she learned from her mother, Jessie Garcia. She made the “fingernail” feature popular with white clay in the 1970′s, and is known for her bowls, seed jars and wedding vases. Stella won numerous awards and her work is in multiple publications, including Dillingham (1992:206-208), Painter (1998:15), and Hayes & Blom (1996:52-53), (1998:25, 49).

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Scott, Julian – American Artist

Julian Scott (1846-1901)

Julian Scott was born in Vermont the son of a watchmaker and jeweler. At the onset of the Civil War, the fifteen-year-old Scott became a drummer in the 3rd Vermont, which saw action in the Battle of Lee’s Mills. He ignored the heavy fire to save the lives of 9 wounded men, and was, as a result, awarded the Medal of Honor, thus becoming the first individual soldier to be so [...] Click here to continue reading.

Robert Tenorio – Native American Potter

Robert Tenorio (born 1950)

Robert Tenorio (born 1950) has an extensive record consisting of numerous awards beginning in his early years of potting. His work can be found in the collections of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, Nagoya Museum in Japan, the British Royal Family’s Collection, and the School of American Research in Santa Fe (Schaaf 2002: 292).

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Roaches & Roach Spreaders – Native American Hair Decoration

Native American Dancer Roaches & Roach Spreaders

On his head the traditional Native American dancer wears a roach, a long decorated drop down his back. The longer porcupine hair is preferred because of it’s movement. The roach spreader can be made of bone, metal, rawhide or leather. It can be carved, beaded, painted, etc. or just left plain. The roach feathers are inserted in sockets on the spreader, with two roach feathers being the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Photogravure Photographic Process

Photogravure – A Photographic Process

A photogravure is a photographic image produced from an engraving plate. The process is rarely used today due to the costs involved, but it produces prints which have the subtlety of a photograph and the art quality of a lithograph. In essence, the production of a photogravure consists of three steps: taking the picture; producing a printing plate of the image; and printing the image on paper.

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Paqua Naha, the First Frog Woman, and Navasie Potters – Native American – Hopi

Paqua Naha and the Navasie Family of Potters

Paqua Naha (circa 1890 to 1955) was the First Frog Woman and mother of Joy Navasie, the current and Second Frog Woman. The name Paqua means “frog,” and thus a painted frog became Paqua’s signature or hallmark on her pottery. Paqua’s frog has straight lines for toes, while her daughter Joy signs her pots with a web-footed frog. The majority of her works are polychrome-paint-decorated on [...] Click here to continue reading.

Nampeyo, Darlene – Native American Potter – Hopi

Darlene Nampeyo (born 1956)

Darlene Nampeyo is the great- great- granddaughter of Nampeyo, and daughter of Rachel Nampeyo. Her work has been on exhibit throughout the Southwest and has received accolades at Indian Market and other western shows.

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Nampeyo, Adelle – Native American Potter – Hopi

Adelle Nampeyo (1959-) Hopi Potter

Adelle Nampeyo comes from a long line of great potters. She is the great-granddaughter of Nampeyo, the granddaughter of Fannie Polacca Nampeyo, and the daughter of Elva Tewaguna Nampeyo. She has been published in Dillingham’s Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery.

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Nailor, Gerald – Native American Artist – Navajo

Gerald Nailor (Navaho, 1917-1952)

Gerald Nailor formally trained at the U. S. Indian School in Santa Fe with Dorothy Dunn and then continued his studies with Kenneth Chapman and the Swedish muralist Olaf Nordemark. In 1937, Nailor shared a studio with Alan Houser and Pop Chalee; it was the first independent art studio and gallery in Santa Fe. In 1938, he and Houser were commissioned to paint Indian Murals for the Department of the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Neff, Peter – American Tintype Photographs

Peter Neff (1828 to 1903)

Peter Neff was a native of Coshocton County, Ohio, and attended both Yale and Woodward College before graduating from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1849. Between 1853 and 1854 Neff closely collaborated with Hamilton Neff, a Professor of Chemistry at Kenyon to develop what is generally acknowledged to be the first successful tintype photographs in America. In 1856, Neff acquired the patent for making “ferrotype” or “melainotype” plates, [...] Click here to continue reading.

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