Alton Komalestewa

The great grandson of Nampeyo of Hano, Alton Komalestewa actually learned to make pottery from his mother-in-law, Helen Shupla, of Santa Clara Pueblo after marrying her daughter Jeannie and moving to Santa Clara. Helen taught him the process to make her trademark melon bowls and jars: the designs are pushed out from inside the pot, not carved from outside. After all the Shupla's died (including his wife), Alton returned to the Hopi mesas.

Melon jar with 16 ribs
16-rib melon jar
8 1/2 in H by 9 3/4 in Dia
Plain, polished two-tone brown jar
Polished plain two-tone brown jar
7 3/4 in H by 8 1/2 in Dia
Red band around the neck of a large buff bowl
Large buff bowl with a red band around the neck
7 in H by 13 in Dia
Red melon jar
Formed red melon jar
4 1/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery