Born in 1961, Carla Claw Nampeyo is the daughter of Thomas Polacca of Polacca and Gertrude, a Hopi woman from Shungopavi. She grew up with her time split between the two villages. It was her father who taught her to make pottery and she follows in his footsteps. She primarily makes deep-carved and painted polychrome seed pots and miniatures.
Carla is married to Raul Claw (Navajo).