World Ceramics: How was it made?

This seed jar was made in the early 1990s, about the time the internet was started in the United States. But it uses some very old designs, some from more than 600 years ago! The designs were passed down from mothers and grandmothers to their daughters and granddaughters. Among the PUEBLO people these designs are like a signature for a family's pottery.

Several Hopi designs and painting methods were rediscovered in the late 1800s, when archaeologists unearthed potteries from the ruins of an ancient Hopi village. Nampeyo, Quotskuyva's great-grandmother, decided to reintroduce the old designs found there. She succeeded in reviving the style, and many Pueblo women and their families followed her lead. They still tell stories of her teaching and influence.