Hop Tewa Reservation
Nolan Youvella Nampeyo, “Sunman”, member of the Corn Clan,
was born into the Hopi/Tewa Reservation in 1970.
He is the great grandson of Nampeyo, the woman who is the most highly
honored Hopi pottery artist. The Nampeyo family is credited for reviving
and expanding the beautiful ancient style of pottery called Sikyatki.
Nolan began experimenting with pottery making at the age of 11.
He learned the art of traditional pottery making from his famous Mother,
Iris Youvella Nampeyo. Iris taught Nolan all the fundamentals of coiling
and painting all the old ancient styles of pottery which is sought after
from many collector’s around the world.
Nolan specializes in appliqueed buffware jars (pottery) which are all
made from Mother Earth. He has his own unique style of contemporary
pottery. All of the materials that he uses are dug up from the area
surrounding his home.
Nolan is a very creative artist and is currently experimenting with
oil paintings to expand his artistic abilities.
Nolan signs his pottery as: Nolan Nampeyo.
Nolan is related to many famous potters among them are: The famous “Nampeyo”
(grandmother). Fannie Nampeyo (grandmother), Tom Polacca (uncle), and
Clinton Polacca (cousin).
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