x 13" L
This incredible, large Sikyatki
style bowl was created by the talented Hopi potter, Antoinette
Silas Honie. She has been an active Hopi potter since the age
of 15. She attributes much of her development and success to
mother, Roberta Silas:
"At 15 years of age I
went to demonstrate at Bloom Field, Indiana University. I learned
to make pottery from my mother Roberta Silas. Some designs I
use are inherited from my mother and some I have developed myself.
I ship a lot of my pottery to Jackson Hole Wyoming. I have won
ribbons and awards at the Northern Arizona Museum. I also market
my products to collectors. I want to tell the world that everything
is done with traditional native products and that it is very
Antoinette has appeared in
magazines and publications dealing primarily with Native American
art and Hopi Pottery, in particularly. These include Hopi-Tewa
Potters by Gregory Schaaf, p. 154; and Art of the Hopi,
Contemporary Journeys on Ancient Pathways by Jerry and Lois
Essary Jacka, p. 53. Her work also appears as the back cover
shot on Art of the Hopi, as merit of her artistic prowess.
As she mentioned, Antoinette
has also won numerous awards, including ribbons at the Museum
of Northern Arizona Hopi Marketplace, and is best known for her
abstract parrot images (indicative of her clan), terraced clouds,
and other traditional Hopi symbols which are reminiscient of
the pottery shards from the Sikyatki ruins area.
We were very pleased to see
that a pottery as large and as delicate as this one came through
the firing process intact. Although kiln fired, Antoinette always
stresses the importance of "natural process" when creating
Hopi pottery. Everything else is done by hand, from gathering
the clay to coiling the pot and applying the natural pigments.
This piece is no exception. Long hours of persperation combined
with incredible inspiration have yielded yet another increasingly
beautiful masterpiece by Antoinette.