Charles Navasie

Charles Navasie
Charles Navasie

Born in 1965 into the Parrot Clan of the Hopi-Tewa, Charles Navasie is the great grandson of Paqua Naha (1st Frogwoman) and grandson of Joy Navasie (2nd Frogwoman). His mother, Loretta Navasie is also a well-known potter but at the age of 15, he began learning the fundamentals of traditional pottery making from his grandmother Joy.

Charles works with traditional Hopi tan and yellow ware and the Navasie family trademark white ware - white ware being acknowledged as the hardest type of pottery to successfully make.

Charles signs his works with "Navasie" written inside the body of a frog, to denote his heritage.

Polychrome bird elements design on a tan jar
Tan jar with elevated rim and polychrome bird elements design
4 in H by 8 in Dia
Red and black bird element designs on a yelloware jar
Yellowware jar with red and black bird element designs
5 3/4 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Three panel red and black bird element design on a yellow ware jar
Yellow ware jar decorated with a three panel red and black bird element design
4 1/2 in H by 6 in Dia
Four-direction bird element and geometric design on a low-shoulder polychrome jar
Low-shoulder polychrome jar decorated with a 4-direction bird element and geometric design plus a frog below the shoulder
4 in H by 12 1/4 in Dia
Photo of Charles Navasie courtesy of Ancient Nations

Hopi Potters