Tonita Hamilton Nampeyo, Hopi-Tewa Potter
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Hopi-Tewa artist Tonita Hamilton Nampeyo continues making pottery in the traditional manner, using Sikyatki revival patterns, as taught her by her mother and grandmother. She started making pottery around 1950 and is known for her black and red on yellow pottery jars.
Tonita Hamilton Nampeyo (1934 - present) is the granddaughter of Nampeyo; daughter of Fannie Polacca Nampeyo and Vinton Polacca; wife of Eugene Hamilton; mother of Loren Hamilton; sister of Elva Tewaguna Nampeyo, Leah Garcia Nampeyo, Harold Polacca Nampeyo, Sr., Tom Polacca, Elsworth Polacca and Iris Youvella Nampeyo.
Photo Left courtesy of Rick Dillingham. (Fourteen Families In Pueblo Pottery).
Reference: Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.
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