Specializing in Native American Crafts Since 1916

Thomas Polacca

Skills
Potter

Artist Profile

Thomas Polacca was born in 1935 into the Hopi-Tewa reservation, the grandson of the famous Nampeyo. The Nampeyo family is credited with the revival of fifteenth century Sikyatki polychrome ware. A self-taught potter since 1955, Polacca valued tradition as a vital part of Hopi life.

Thomas specializes in deep carved polychrome pottery. He adds his own innovations to Hopi pottery by carving and painting murals which depict scenes from the Hopi religion and sacred ceremonies. His pottery is fired in a kiln to give it that contemporary style. His favorite to design are the kachina dancers and mudheads. He coils a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Thomas signs his pottery: Tom Polacca. He is related to Nampeyo (grandmother), Fannie Polacca (mother), Iris Youvella Nampeyo (sister), Harold Polacca (brother), Gary Polacca (son), Carla Claw and Elvira Naha (daughters).

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