Jacob Myron Koopee (1970-2011) Jake Nampeyo
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Jacob Myron Koopee of Hopi Pueblo passed away in the summer of 2011 at just 41 years old. He was the grandson of Marie Koopee, great-grandson of Nellie Douma Nampeyo (1896-1978) and great, great grandson of Nampeyo of Hano. He was at the height of his career and had received many awards for his outstanding work. He was regarded as one of the finest contemporary Hopi potters. His is a great loss to collectors of fine Pueblo pottery.
Early in his career, Jacob Koopee made traditional Hopi-Tewa pottery with traditional Nampeyo family design patterns. At that time, in the mid-1990s, he signed his pottery Jake Nampeyo. Later, he made traditional pottery vessel shapes but modernized the designs to those related to the Sikyatki-revival designs. He signed the later pieces Koopee.
Text and Artist Photo Reference: Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies [1st ED/1st Print:] by Gregory Schaaf. Artist Photo by Tom Tallant.
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