White Swann

White Swann
White Swann

White Swann (Dolly Navasie) is a Hopi Potter of the Water Clan who grew up on the Hopi Reservation in the Antelope Mesa area. She learned the art of pottery making early in life by watching and working with her mother, Fawn Navasie. Dawn Navasie is her sister.

Her clay is hand dug and processed in the traditional way. She hand coils her pottery the traditional way and fires it outdoors with sheep dung. She also uses yucca leaves to make her paint brushes.The maroon coloration is achieved with the use of iron oxide whereas the yellow clay provides the orange finish (depending on the firing).

Stepped cutout in the rim of a polished bowl
Polished bowl with stepped cutout in the rim
3 1/4 in H by 14 in Dia
Bird element design on a Sikyatki-style jar
Sikyatki-style jar with bird element design
5 1/2 in H by 8 in Dia
Four direction red and black eagletail design on a yellowware jar
Yellowware jar with four direction red and black eagletail design
4 in H by 6 in Dia
Four direction medium shard geometric design on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar decorated with a 4-direction medium shard geometric design
3 1/2 in H by 4 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery