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Loren Hamilton Nampeyo

Loren Hamilton Nampeyo learned the art of traditional pottery from his maternal grandmother, Fannie Nampeyo. His well-known mother, Tonita Hamilton Nampeyo, was also an important influence.In addition, he spent a year learning from his equally famous uncle, Tom Polacca.
Loren makes pottery full time, interpreting old designs in his own way. He likes to employ the sgrafitto technique: cutting away different parts of the surface layer or layers of clay to expose the underlying layers. His work is some of the finest Hopi carved pottery. His meticulous attention to detail is apparent in every line.