Jacquie Stevens, Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Potter

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Artist signature of Jacquie Stevens, Hochungra (Winnebago) potterJacquie Stevens, a Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Indian born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1949, is renowned for her asymmetrical pots that exude a monumental presence with a minimalist feel. Her meticulously crafted vessels often feature unique additions of wicker, fiber, and stone, distinguishing her work in the field of pottery.

Jacquie sources her clay from the Pecos area and other locations, rigorously testing each batch. She employs a traditional pit-firing method, using cow dung and juniper or mesquite chips to line the firing pit.

She was raised by her grandparents on the Winnebago Nebraska Reservation, where she was influenced by the rich tradition of basket making, particularly from her grandmother, who crafted beautiful baskets. She began her formal pottery education in 1975 at the Institute of American Indian Arts, studying under the esteemed Hopi potter and teacher Otellie Loloma.

TAGS: Hochungra (Winnebago), Otellie Loloma, Southwest Indian Pottery