Karen Abeita was born on September
23, 1960. She is one of the finest young Hopi potters working
today. She particularly likes using some of the older designs
on her pots -the Palhik Mana - (Butterfly Maiden) pottery sherds,
feathers, eagle tail feather skirt, clouds, and song birds.
Karen works particularly hard
on her outdoor firing techniques - aiming to have a certain warm
glow with the use of fire clouds.
Her work is some of the very
finest produced at Hopi today. Her use of fire clouds to produce
soft changes in hue in her works creates an exceptionally rich
and warm design.
All of Karen's pottery is
completely traditional from gathering the clay from the Hopi
Reservation to hand coiling, hand polishing , hand painting than
firing the old fashioned way outdoors.
Karen has won numerous awards
including Best of Show, "Invitational," Lawrence,
KS. She is in all the major books recently published on Hopi
pottery, including Gregory Schaaf's book HopiTewa Pottery
500 Artist Biographies.
She has signed with her name
"Karen Abeita" and her parrot clan hallmark.