Natural Clay Flower TileRachel Sahmie
A great-great-granddaughter of the legendary Nampeyo, this daughter of the late Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo carries on her distinguished ancestral recognition.
She is noted for her designs, often recreations of ancient Sityatki patterns, and the precision with which they are executed.
Instead of a bowl, or olla, Rachel has created another pottery form: a tile. It is signed with her Hopi name, and Nampeyo, for her heritage.
Just like the more familiar forms, it is entirely handmade, from digging and mixing the native clays, to forming the piece, adding clay slip, stone polishing it, firing in the ground, and painting with vegetal paints.
Russet red slip contrasts with the warm beige of the body and the brown/black painted pattern, with a gleaming, burnished finish – except for the painted parts – even on the back.
Natural, vegetal paints, derived by steeping plants in water, produced the brown and black colors.
The mellow beige is the natural color of the clay, and the russet red is a natural clay slip.
Supported by a table easel, this tile will delight and amaze you with its understated, but superbly artistic beauty.