Nyla Sahmie

Hopi potter Nyla Sahmie
Nyla Sahmie

Nyla Sahmie was born into the Corn Clan at Sichomovi village in 1954. She learned the art of traditional pottery making early in life as the daughter of Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo. Like her sisters Rachel Sahmie and Jean Sahmie, she started producing pottery as a teenager. In Nyla's case she was 16 and she's now been making pottery for more than 50 years. Like most potters in her illustrious family, she tends to stick to the styles and designs of her great-grandmother in her creations.

Eagle tail and geometric design on a polychrome canteen
Polychrome canteen with eagle tail and geometric design
7 3/4 in H by 9 1/4 in Dia
Large polychrome yellowware maiden jar
Large polychrome yellowware maiden jar
13 1/2 in H by 14 3/4 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome wedding vase with fire clouds
Polychrome yellow ware wedding vase with fire clouds and a bird element and geometric design
7 1/4 in H by 5 in Dia
Bird element and moth motif inside this polychrome yellow ware bowl with a geometric design outside
Polychrome yellow ware gbowl with fire clouds and a bird element and moth motif inside, geometric design outside
3 1/4 in H by 12 in Dia
Geometric design outisde and migration pattern design inside on a polychrome bowl
Polychrome bowl decorated with a migration pattern design inside and a geometric design outside
4 1/4 in H by 8 1/2 in Dia
Bird element and dragonfly design on a polychrome wedding vase
Polychrome wedding vase decorated with a bird element and dragonfly design
4 1/2 in H by 2 3/4 in Dia
Photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery