Small Hogan Scene BowlIda Sahmie
A Hopi potter painting Navajo scenes? No, a talented Navajo lady, who married a Hopi whose mother is a 3rd-generation Nampeyo (synonymous with Hopi pottery, practically).
She has learned to make award-winning pottery, and likes to use motifs from both her birth and adopted cultures. This bowl is a good example of her fine, thin-walled pieces.
A peaceful scene of traditional Navajo life is painted in natural colors on the warm golden Hopi clay.
There is the log hogan, the ramada, the iconic going-to-town wagon, horses, a windmill, mesas, mountains and the far-off flock of sheep.
Birds wheel through the clouds, and a rosy, sunset-like glow radiates from the whole piece.
The expanse of desert flora extends down onto the bottom of the piece, where the artist’s signature declares her as “Dine”, or Navajo.
Ida likes to combine her native and married heritage, and considers her work to be contemporary, because it is neither all one, nor the other, but personal to her.