Thomas Polacca (1935-2003) was a son of the notable potter, Fannie Nampeyo, and a grandson of the legendary Nampeyo of Hano, who revived Hopi pottery designs, over 100 years ago.
Along with his brother-in-law, he was one of the first Hopi men to both make and design pottery, in the 1970’s. According to them, they first made pottery with “traditional” designs but when women potters resisted that, they began to create a new style of Hopi pottery, using carved designs inspired by Hopi kachinas and rituals.
Thomas received widespread acclaim and many prizes for his pottery. His work is found in museums such as the Heard Museum, the Denver Art Museum, etc.