Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo

Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo
Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo

Great-great-granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano and great-granddaughter of Annie Healing Nampeyo, Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo learned her pottery making skills from her mother, Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo. Among Rachel's siblings are Jean Sahme, Nyla Sahmie, Finkle Sahmie and Bonnie Chapella, all potters. Their three brothers are all Katsina carvers.

Rachel has been producing pottery since 1970. She specializes in red on white body and black and red on yellow and black body ceramics, with the traditional styles and designs of Nampeyo. She has also produced some Anasazi-style corrugated pottery.

Eagle tail and geometric design on a Sikyatki-style jar
Sikyatki-style jar with eagle tail and geometric design
8 1/4 in H by 8 3/4 in Dia
Sun face on a polychrome ladle
Polychrome ladle with sun face
1 3/4 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Geometric design on a polychrome parrot effigy jar
Polychrome parrot effigy jar with geometric design
4 1/4 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Four direction bird element design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with four direction bird element design
3 3/4 in H by 6 in Dia
Bird element design on a polychrome wedding vase
Polychrome wedding vase with bird element design
10 3/4 in H by 6 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome cylinder
Polychrome cylinder with bird element and geometric design
4 1/4 in H by 2 1/2 in Dia
Red and black geometric design on a yellowware parrot effigy
Yellowware parrot effigy with black and red geometric design
4 1/2 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome yellowware Sikyatki-style jar
Polychrome yellowware Sikyatki-style jar with bird element and geometric design
3 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Bird element design on a polychrome tile
Polychrome tile with bird element design
5 1/2 in H by 5 1/4 in W
Red and black migration pattern on a yellowware jar
Yellowware jar decorated with red and black migration pattern
2 1/2 in H by 2 1/4 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome tile
Polychrome tile with bird element and geometric design
5 1/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Black geometric design inside and out on a yellow ware bowl
Yellow ware bowl decorated with a black geometric design inside and out
6 1/4 in H by 10 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome bowl with fire clouds
Polychrome bowl decorated with a bird elementand geometric design plus fire clouds
1 3/4 in H by 5 1/4 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design inside and out on a polychrome red ware bowl
Polychrome red ware bowl decorated with a bird element and geometric design inside and out
1 3/4 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Katsina and geometric design on a polychrome tile
Polychrome tile with katsina and geometric design
7 1/2 in H by 4 in Dia
Stylized katsina design on a polychrome yellow ware tile
Polychrome yellow ware tile decorated with a stylized katsina design
4 1/4 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Black bird element, corn and geometric design on a red ware cylinder with fire clouds
Red ware cylinder with fire clouds and decorated with a black corn, bird element and geometric design
3 1/4 in H by 2 in Dia
Eagletail and geometric design on a polychrome yellow ware jar
Polychrome yellow ware jar decorated with a four-direction eagletail and geometric design
2 in H by 3 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
13 1/2 in H by 14 3/4 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome yellow ware bowl
Polychrome yellow ware bowl decorated with a bird element and geometric design
2 1/2 in H by 5 3/4 in Dia
Geometric design on a polychrome cylinder
Polychrome cylinder decorated with a geometric
5 1/2 in H by 3 in Dia
Geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome Sikyatki-style jar decorated with a geometric design
2 3/4 in H by 7 in Dia
Pottery photos are courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery