James Nampeyo

James Garcia Nampeyo was born to Louis Garcia (of Laguna Pueblo) and Leah Polacca Garcia in 1958. That makes him a great-grandson of Nampeyo of Hano and a nephew of Tom Polacca. He was encouraged by his grandmother, Fannie Nampeyo, to learn the art of traditional pottery making as he grew up and he began producing pottery for the marketplace in 1975. Over the years he's tried a few different styles and designs but he mostly prefers to stick to the styles and designs his great-grandmother made famous. For a while he was married to Fawn Navasie and he sometimes collaborates with her in making larger pieces.

Bat wing design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with bat wing design
4 1/2 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Bird element design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with bird element design
4 1/2 in H by 10 1/4 in Dia
Red and black moth and geometric design on a yellowware jar
Yellowware jar with red and black moth and geometric design
3 3/4 in H by 7 3/4 in Dia
Red and black bird element design on a yellowware jar
Yellowware jar decorated with red and black bird element designs
3 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome yellow ware jar
Polychrome yellow ware jar decorated with a bird element and geometric design
3 1/2 in H by 6 1/4 in Dia
Migration pattern design on a polychrome yellow ware jar
Polychrome yellow ware jar decorated with a migration pattern design
4 1/4 in H by 5 1/2 in Dia
Mothman and geometric pattern of a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a mothman and geometric design
3 1/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Four-direction eagletail design on a polychrome jar with fire clouds
Polychrome Sikyatki-style jar with fire clouds and a four-direction eagletail design
5 1/2 in H by 14 3/4 in Dia
Moth and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a moth and geometric design
6 1/4 in H by 10 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery