Loren Ami, Hopi-Tewa Potter
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Hopi Pueblo artist “Loren Ami paints his pottery with old Sikyatki designs. He is especially known for his fine polychrome canteens.’
“Loren Ami was raised away from Hopiland. He grew up in Santa Fe, where his mother worked for the Indian Health Service. Loren took a ceramic class in high school, beginning his interest in pottery. ‘He did exceptional work that was recognized by his teachers.’
“For his senior year, Loren and his mother moved home to Hopi. He was reunited with his grandmother, Eleanor Ami, a fine potter. He reconnected with other family members who were potters, including Sadie Adams. Loren then met one of the top young potters, Camille Quotskuyva, who signs her pottery ‘Hisi Nampeyo.’ Loren began assisting Camille in her pottery production. Camille’s mother, Dextra Quotskuyva,’saw his talent and encouraged him to do his own work. Loren is an excellent student, taking her advice to heart.” Schaaf 1998.