Nellie Nampeyo

Nellie Douma Nampeyo (1896-1978) was a Hopi-Tewa potter in the Nampeyo line. She was the second daughter of Nampeyo of Hano and Lesou, born between Annie and Fannie. She grew up destined to be a potter, too. She was lucky enough to be taken with her family to spend at least one summer as a child at the Grand Canyon and part of a second summer at the United States Land and Irrigation Exposition in the Chicago Coliseum. Those two exhibitions made Nampeyo's name a household word.

Nellie was known for her clean, tight designs, usually on smaller pieces. Her work can be seen at the Heard Museum Guild in Phoeniz, AZ, and the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, AZ.

Nellie was the mother of Agusta Poocha Nampeyo and Marie Koopee. She was also the great-grandmother of Jacob Koopee Jr.

Red and black shard designs decorate a yellowware jar
Yellowware jar decorated with red and black shard designs
5 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia

Hopi Potters