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 Sahmie, Nyla Sahmie, Finkle Sahmie and Bonnie Chapella, all potters. Their three brothers are all kachina 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. She primarily uses the traditional styles and designs of her great-great-gandmother Nampeyo. She has also produced some Ancient Puebloan-style corrugated pottery. She also likes to make tiles, ladles, parrot effigies, cylinders and historic recreations.

Black geometric design inside and out on a yellow ware bowl
Yellow ware bowl decorated with a black geometric design inside and out
6.25 in H by 10 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome bowl with fire clouds
Polychrome bowl decorated with a bird element and geometric design plus fire clouds
1.75 in H by 5.25 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
1.75 in H by 4.75 in Dia
4-panel moth and geometric design on a miniature polychrome jar A miniature polychrme jar decorated with a 4-panel moth and geometric design
2.75 in H by 2.25 in Dia
Bird element design on a polychrome wedding vase
Polychrome wedding vase with bird element design
10.75 in H by 6 in Dia
Bat wing and geometric design on a miniature polychrome jar A miniature polychrome jar decorated with a bat wing and geometric design
1.5 in H by 2.75 in Dia
Bird element and geometric design on a polychrome jar Polychrome jar decorated with a bird element and geometric design
3.25 in H by 5.5 in Dia
A bird element and geometric design on a miniature polychrome jar A miniature polychrome jar decorated with a bird element and geometric design
3 in H by 2 in Dia
Pahlik Mana, bird element and geometric design on a polychrome jar Yellow ware polychrome jar decorated with a Pahlik Mana, bird element and geometric design
13.5 in H by 10.5 in Dia
A 4-panel katsina and geometric design on a polychrome jar Polychrome jar decorated with a 4-panel katsina and geometric design
10 in H by 13.5 in Dia

Hopi Potters