Jacob Koopee was
born March 31, 1970. He is the great-great grandson of Nampeyo;
great-grandson of Nellie Nampeyo Douma; grandson of Marie Koopee,
and the son of Jacob Koopee, Sr. (Tewa) and Georgia Dewakuku
In 1996, at the
age of 26, Jake was awarded Best of Show, Committee's Choice,
Best Traditional Pottery, at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
He has successfully participated in and won awards at many Markets
since then - including back-to-back "Best of Show"
awards at both the Heard Museum and Santa Fe Indian Market 2005!
Jacob appears in
several major publications on Hopi pottery including Hopi-Tewa
Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaff (p. 59),
and The Art of the Hopi by Jerry and Lois Jacka (pp. 118,
He loves to base
his work on old Sikyaki designs. Jake reports, "My Aunt
Dextra (Quotskuyva) inspired me." Jake is a young man with
extraordinary talent. He creates some of the largest hand coiled,
open fired pieces of pottery at Hopi.
He has signed with
his hallmark Kokopelli and last name Koopee.
Jacob is proud
of his adherence to traditional methods which always produce
a one-of-a-kind pottery, with its own unique character and finish.
In Hopi culture, nothing is ever "perfect," and that's
just the way he wants it.