Les Namingha

Les Namingha
Les Namingha

Les Namingha credits his aunt, Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo, with guiding him through the learning journey into becoming a traditional Hopi potter. He was born on Zuni Pueblo in 1968 to Irene Vicenti, his Zuni mother, and Emerson Namingha, his Hopi-Tewa father. He was really interested in art, painting and design growing up but in 1989 he and his cousin Steve Lucas began their pottery studies under Aunt Dextra. Through that hands-on experience and with Dextra's patience in teaching both became exceptional potters.

Sikyatki designs on a polychrome jar
Polychrome tan jar with Sikyatki designs
4 in h by 8 1/2 in Dia
Bird element and waterfall design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with bird element and waterfall design
3 3/4 in H by 11 in Dia
Geometric design on a polychrome seedpot
Polychrome seedpot with geometric design
3 1/2 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia
Four direction bird element design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with four direction bird element design
3 in H by 8 3/4 in Dia
Geometric design and an organic opening on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with an organic opening and a geometric design
5 3/4 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Shard and geometric design on a polychrome seedpot
Polychrome seedpot with shard and geometric design
6 3/4 in H by 8 in Dia
Katsina, bird elements and geometric design on a polychrome bowl
Polychrome bowl with katsina, bird elements and geometric design
5 1/2 in H by 9 in Dia
Geometric design on a black and yellow pot
Black and yellow pot with geometric design
5 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Geometric shard design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with geometric shard design
4 1/4 in H by 8 1/4 in Dia
Bird element and shard design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with bird element and shard design
4 1/2 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia
Four direction geometric design on a polychrome jar with an organic opening
Polychrome jar with an organic opening and four direction geometric design
5 3/4 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Black and red Zuni-inspired geometric design on a yellowware jar with organic opening
Yellowware jar with organic opening and black and red Zuni-inspired geometric design
5 1/2 in H by 9 1/4 in Dia
Shard and geometric designs on a polychorme Zuni-style jar
Polychrome Zuni-style jar with shard and geometric designs
5 1/2 in H by 10 3/4 in Dia'
Red and black geometric design on a yellow Sikyatki-style jar
Sikyatki-style yellow ware jar with red and black geometric design
4 3/4 in H by 9 1/4 in Dia
Stylized Sikyatki design on a polychrome yellow ware seed pot
Polychrome yellow ware seed pot decorated with a stylized Sikyatki design
6 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Asymmetric bird element, shard and geometric design on a Sikyatki-reproduction yellow ware jar
Sikyatki-reproduction yellow ware jar with fire clouds and decorated with an asymmetric bird element, shard and geometric design
8 in H by 14 1/2 in Dia
Contemporary geometric design on a polychrome yellow ware jar
Polychrome yellow ware jar decorated with a contemporary geometric design
4 in H by 9 in Dia
Geometric design on a polychrome seed pot
Polychrome seed pot with an organic opening and geometric design
5 1/2 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia

Zuni-style jars by Les:

Zuni geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with Zuni geometric design
8 1/2 in H by 10 3/4 in Dia
Black and white Zuni geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a Zuni geometric design
9 in H by 11 1/2 in Dia
Zuni bird, rosette and geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a Zuni rosette, bird and geometric design
9 1/4 in H by 12 3/4 in Dia
Photo of Les Namingha courtesy of King Galleries
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery