Steve Lucas - Koyemsi (1960s-)
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Steve Lucas is recognized as one of the finest of the younger generation Nampeyo family potters. He is the grandson of Rachel Namingha Nampeyo and the great-grandson of Annie Healing Nampeyo. His mother was Eleanor Lucas. We do not have an exact date of birth, but he was probably born around the mid-1960s. His Hopi name is Koyemsi, the Hopi-Tewa name for the Mudhead Katsina, the clan to which he belongs.
Lucas has been a consistent award winning artist at Santa Fe Indian Market and Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial among others. He has produced some of the finest pottery available during the last decade. His awards include First and Second Places at the 1994 Santa Fe Indian Market; First, Second and Third Places at the 1995 Indian Market; Best of Division at the Heard Museum in 1997; Best of Show in the 1998 Santa Fe Indian Market, and the list goes on.
Photo of Steve Lucas courtesy of Gregory Schaaf.
Reference: Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies, by Gregory Schaaf.
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