Joy Navasie 2nd Frogwoman

Joy Navasie (Yellow Flower) was born in 1919 to famed Hopi-Tewa potter Paqua Naha (also known as Frogwoman). Paqua has been credited with developing the Hopi white ware style of pottery with the smooth, polished finish. She perfected her technique only a few years before she passed on, after years of trying.

Joy learned to make pottery from her mother and was active from 1935 to 1995, assuming the name "2nd Frogwoman" early in her career. She worked most of her career in the black-and-red-on-white style originated by her mother in the 1950's. Joy passed away in 2012 after a long period of declining health.

Just like mothers immemorial, Joy taught her children: Marianne Navasie, Maynard Navasie, Leona Navasie, Natelle Lee, Grace Lomahquahu and Loretta Navasie Koshiway, how to make Hopi pottery: white, red and yellow. She also taught her grandson, Charles Navasie.

A difference in how she and her mother signed with their trademark frog: Paqua drew short, straight toes with no webbing while Joy drew curved, webbed toes.

Black and red geometric design on a white jar
White jar with black and red geometric design
7 1/4 in H by 7 in Dia
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Bird element design on a polychrome white ware wedding vase
Polychrome white ware wedding vase with bird element design
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Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome wedding vase
Polychrome wedding vase decorated with a bird element and geometric design
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Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome white ware jar
Polychrome white ware jar decorated with a bird element and geometric design
10 3/4 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Bird element, medium shard and geometric design on a polychrome jar Polychrome jar with a bird element, medium shard and geometric design
8 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia

Hopi Potters