Marianne Navasie is the daughter of famed Joy Navasie,
and the grand-daughter of world renowned Paqua Naha, the original frog
woman. Marianne was born in 1951, and has been making pottery since
she was 18 years old.
Although, Marianne was only three years old when her grandmother died,
she does recall her and her mother always working with the clay. Marianne
has mastered the white ware look pioneered by Paqua, and carried on
by her mother, and now Marianne is continuing with the family tradition.
Marianne stated, “ My Mother always pushed us to stay with traditional
hand coiled pottery making methods, and to carry on the frog style.”
One look at Marianne’s pottery and it is evident that she has
mastered the art which was created by her ancestors.
She gathers all her materials (natural pigments) from within the Hopi
Reservation. Marianne cleans, mixes, hand coils, shapes, sands, paints,
and fires her pottery, outdoors, with sheep dung.
Marianne signs her pottery with the “Paqua”, (frog) symbol,
but does put a tadpole next to it so it indicates her place within her
Marianne is left handed so her work will move in the opposite direction
of her mother‘s.
-Santa Fe Indian Market
-New Mexico State Fair
-Gallup Indian Ceremonial 1st place
-Scottsdale Hopi Show
-Flagstaff Hopi Show
-Hopi-Tewa Pottery 500 Artist Biographies
-Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery
-Southwest Pottery for Anasazi to Zuni
-Collecting Southwestern Indian Arts and Crafts
-Cover of Gallup Ceremonial Brochure (1978)