Garnet Pavatea, Flower Girl, Hopi-Tewa Potter

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Artist signature of Garnet Pavatea, Flower Girl, Hopi-Tewa PotterHopi-Tewa artist Garnet Pavatea had a long and productive career of pottery making and was a favorite of collectors of Hopi-Tewa pottery. She was an active potter from circa 1940 to circa 1981. She is best known and was fond of making plain red bowls and jars with triangular indentations around the rim as the sole decoration. Often, she made ladles to accompany her bowls. The Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff amassed a major collection of her work. She passed away in 1981.

Garnet Pavatea (1915-1981) was known as Flower Girl and she was a Hopi-Tewa from the Tewa Village on First Mesa on the Hopi Reservation, and lived there. Her dad, Dewakuku, was Hopi and her mother was Tewa. Following tradition, Garnet was of her mother's clan.


Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.

TAGS: Southwest Indian Pottery, Hopi Pueblo, Contemporary Pottery