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Michael Hawley, Arizona, Polychrome, Pottery
Michael Hawley, Arizona, Polychrome, Pottery
Michael Hawley, Arizona, Polychrome, Pottery
Michael Hawley, Arizona, Polychrome, Pottery
Michael Hawley, Arizona, Polychrome, Pottery
Michael Hawley, Arizona, Polychrome, Pottery
Michael Hawley, Arizona, Polychrome, Pottery
Michael Hawley, Arizona, Polychrome, Pottery

A contemporary pottery jar made in the ancient Hopi

“Jeddito” style by Michael P. Hawley, 1989


The talented Scottsdale, Arizona ceramic artist and historian, Michael Hawley has for years specialized in making modern-day ceramics inspired by the techniques, methods and designs of the ancient Hopi and other Southwestern Native peoples.


This beautiful olla, or water jar, is made in the Jeddito black-on-orange style of about 900-950 A.D. Hawley uses only indigenous clays from the exact same region where the pots were originally made and constructs his ceramics completely by hand in the ancient, hand-coiled manner using no modern tools. He hand-grinds native minerals, stones and plant material for his pigments, applies his original designs with no previous sketches using only a hand-chewed yucca fiber brush and then fires the ceramics in a kiln he hand builds employing only the technology that was available a thousand years ago. The result is absolutely magical. This olla measures 6 7/8” by 10 1/2” and is in excellent original condition. It is signed “Chakoptewa”, Hawley’s adopted Hopi name inside his smoking pipe insignia and is dated 1989 on the bottom.



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