Garnet Pavatea

Garnet Pavatea (Asamana - Mustard Flower Girl) was born in 1915 in the Hopi-Tewa village of Hano on First Mesa. Her father was Hopi, her mother Tewa. She began a long and productive career of pottery making around 1946 and continued until she passed in 1981.

Garnet was married to Womak Pavatea and their daughter, Wilma Rose Pavatea, produced pottery in the form of miniature jars from around 1950 to 1960. Garnet herself was fond of making plain red bowls with a corrugated band around the shoulder. Triangular indentations were a common design found on her pieces. She also often made ladles to accompany her bowls.

Like the Nampeyo family, Garnet perfected a style all her own drawing many design elements from ancient Sikyatki pottery shards. She often clashed with various Nampeyos over the years (especially Fannie and Priscilla Nampeyo) who accused her of stealing "their" designs. Garnet would always reply that she believed the ancient pottery (and the shapes of it and designs on it) belonged to all Hopis, not just the Nampeyos.

During her lifetime Garnet entered more than 400 pieces for judging in the Museum of Northern Arizona's Hopi Artist Exhibition. She won an amazing total of 139 ribbons. Her pieces have long a favorite among collectors of Hopi pottery.

Traditional designs on a polychrome bowl
Polychrome bowl with traditional designs
4 in H by 9 1/4 in Dia
Corrugated band on a red bowl
Red bowl with corrugated band
4 1/4 in H by 11 3/4 in Dia
Corrugated exterior on a red jar
Red jar with corrugated exterior
4 3/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Textured design, polished interior and pie crust rim on a red jar
Red jar with textured design, polished interior and pie crust rim
8 3/4 in H by 6 3/4 in Dia
Corrugated surface on a red jar
Red jar with corrugated surface
3 1/2 in H by 3 1/2 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a lidded red bird effigy pot
Lidded red bird effigy pot with bird element and geometric design
7 3/4 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia
Corrugated upper surface on a red bowl polished inside and out
Red bowl with corrugated surface, polished inside and out
2 3/4 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Black and red bird element and geometric design on a whiteware jar
Whiteware jar with black and red bird element and geometric design
7 1/2 in H by 9 3/4 in Dia
Awatovi star, bat wing and geometric design on a polychrome bowl
Polychrome bowl decorated with an Awatovi star, bat wing and geometric design
2 1/4 in H by 4 1/4 in Dia
A band of black geometric design on a red bowl with a red ladle
Red bowl polished inside and decorated outside with a black band of geometric design plus a red ladle
Bowl only: 4 1/2 in h by 10 1/4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery