Loren was born at Winslow,
Arizona in 1968. Loren was raised away from Hopiland. He grew
up in Santa Fe, where his mother worked for the Indian Health
Service. For his senior year, Loren and his mother moved back
to Hopi. He was able to spend more time with his grandmothers
Eleanor Ami and
Carol Namoki. Both were fine potters and an inspiration to Loren.
Loren started working with clay in the early 1990's.
Dextra Quotskuyva saw Loren's
talent and realized he wanted to be a serious potter. She encouraged
him and helped him with his pottery. Loren paints his pottery
with old Sikyatki designs. He is known for his beautiful polychrome
Loren produces some of the
most finely polished pottery we've seen. We are always delighted
to see the glowing polychrome designs and red slips shining through
the luster of such a richly buffed finish.
He signs his pottery with
Loren Ami with a spider, which is his clan symbol. He has been
in several exhibitions, and in 1999 placed first in the canteen
category at Indian Market in Santa Fe and in 2000 placed Second
in the jar category.