Al Qoyawayma was born on February 26, 1938 in Los Angeles, California. He was born into the Coyote Clan, a descendant of the famous potters of Sikyatki. He grew up in southern California but spent many of his summers on the Hopi Reservation, usually in the company of his aunt, Polingaysi Qoyawayma (also known as Elizabeth White). He learned from her what it means to be Hopi and exist with each foot in two very different worlds. As much as he learned the traditional way of pottery-making from her, his background in engineering is reflected in his pottery and the delicate forms he is able to achieve with it. Al's pottery is created in two distinct styles: one of figurative sculpted reliefs and another of carved and incised polychrome, influenced by patterns used hundreds of years ago in the village of Sikyatki.
Al has been producing pottery for more than 20 years and his pieces reflect his journey in life: he has spoken of discovering elements of his (and his aunt's) pottery styles in ceramics discovered in a village in Ecuador, made between 1200 and 1500 BC. As much as his pottery is simply exquisite to the eye, I find a whole other element comes into play when I get close and actually handle it...
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Al's own website: AlQPottery2.com