James G. Nampeyo
H x 5" D
James Garcia Nampeyo is a
talented potter from First Mesa. He is descended from a long
line of Hopi legends. He is the nephew of the late Tom Polacca,
and great-grandson of the famed Nampeyo. He was also married
to the talented Hopi potter, Fawn Navasie.
James' work has become highly
collectible. His pottery has always exhibited qualities superior
in Hopi pottery, as his most of his designs are unique and distinct.
James credits his grandmother,
Fannie Nampeyo, with encouraging him to begin making pottery
at an early age. He remains loyal to the traditional designs
revitalized by his great-grandmother. Occassionaly, he and his
wife, Fawn, will collaborate on larger pieces.
James has shown at several
major venues throughout the Southwest, such as Heard Museum,
Museum of Northern Arizona, and Santa Fe Indian Market.
He appears in various publications
dealing with fine Hopi art, including Hopi Tewa Pottery: 500
Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf, p. 108; and Fourteen
Families in Pueblo Pottery by Rick Dillingham, p. 23.