Carla Claw Nampeyo, member of the Snow Clan, was
born in 1975 into the Hopi-Tewa Reservation. Carla is one of the granddaughters
of the famous “Nampeyo”.She learned the art of working with
clay in 1984.
Thomas Polacca was the greatest influence in pointing
Carla in the right direction of the traditional Hopi ways. Thomas taught
Carla all the fundamentals of traditional pottery making. The lucrative
aspect of the business was also a great inspiration to her.
Carla specializes in handmade traditional and contemporary styled pottery.
She gathers all of her materials, like natural pigments, from the grounds
within the Hopi Reservation. She cleans, mixes, hand coils, shapes,
sands, paints and fires her own pottery. On her contemporary pottery
she uses a sharp object to carve out kachinas, warriors, clowns, and
traditional designs. Carla, finally, polishes her masterpieces with
a sacred stone which is passed down to her from other artisans, which
is a valuable gift to be honored with.
Carla signs her pottery as: Carla Nampeyo, Hopi.
Carla is related to Fannie Polacca (grandmother), Iris Youvella (aunt),
Nolan Youvella (cousin), Gary Polacca (brother), and Adelle Lalo-Nampeyo.
-Hopi Art Show
-Hopi-Tewa Pottery 500 Artist Biographies
-Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery
-Southwestern Pottery 1999 Edition