Small Yebechei OllaIda Sahmie
Ida has been a top award-winner since she began exhibiting her work.
The noted potter was born Navajo, and married into the most iconic family of Hopi potters, the descendants of Nampeyo.
She is noted for finely formed, thin-walled pots, meticulously painted in natural colors, often depicting Navajo subjects.
This little olla is a splendid example of her award-winning style.
Beautifully formed, the golden beige of the clay suggests the waning light of the evening sun, as the Yebechei dancers prepare for their night dance.
Notice the long shadows cast by the low-lying light.
Each kilt has a different, traditional design; each dancer wears a ruff of evergreens, and holds gourd rattles and sprigs.
In the sky, birds fly off to roost, amid gauzy white clouds.
The russet cliffs and mesas of Navajo and Hopi country are painted with the clay from that earth itself.
Graceful in form, with authentic painted detail and thin walls, this olla, by a renowned potter, is a collector’s item.
Medium: Natural Hand Gathered Clay and Clay Slips
Measurements: 3 5/8″ H x 2 7/8″ Diameter