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Hopi-Tewa Vases
by Award Winning Tom Polacca

Before you look at the details of the vases below, do us a favor by checking out the market for Tom Polacca vases. Why would we ever point you elsewhere? We want you to get the most out of your new purchase from Earth to Arts. By better understanding the talents of one of Native America's truly innovative potters, by knowing the true value of your purchase, you'll certainly become what is so important to us at Earth to Arts – a more than satisfied customer.

Why did we reduce the already great prices? We are trying to generate additional funds available for use during our upcoming annual buying trip out west.

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Awards
-New Mexico State Fair 1st place
-Gallup Indian Ceremonial 1st place

Publications
-Southwest Pottery Anasazi to Zuni
-Beyond Tradition
-Hopi-Tewa Pottery 500 Artist Biographies
-Fourteen Families Pueblo Pottery
-Art of the Hopi

Museums
Heard Museum Permanent collection

Thomas Polacca (1935 - 2003) - Whether Thomas learned from grandmother Nampeyo (the Matriarch of Hopi pottery) and/or Fannie Nampeyo (his mother also a very talented potter in her own rights), or simply learned on his own, is open for debate. What is certain, however, is that Thomas developed a style of his own, far different than Sikyatki polychrome ware (perhaps more accurately described as Hano Polychrome) of his grandmother and mother.

Thomas developed a deep carved polychrome, painting murals that depict scenes from the Hopi religion and sacred ceremonies. Examining examples of Thomas’ work over his career reflects one thing very certain about Thomas – he was a talented, innovative potter!


 

Large 3 'Mud Dancers' Kachina Decorated Vase

An outstanding example of why Tom Polacca became famous for his innovative "deep etching" style. This "Mud Dancers" vase depicts
not the normal two, but three dancers. Measuring 12 inches tall, this is the tallest Tom Polacca vase we've

"Mud Dancer" Kachina Vase

Hand-coiled, deeply etched and expertly decorated, this "Mud Dancer" Kachina vase stands 7 1/4 inches tall.

"Eagle Dancer" Kachina Vase

6 1/2 tall "Eagle Dancer" Kachina vase.

Hand coiled, deeply etched and superbly decorated.