Hopi artist, Jar, 1880s. Clay and paint; 4⅜ x 6½ in. Denver Art Museum: Purchase from Fred Harvey, 1941.302
In the late 1880s when Nampeyo began making pottery, Hopi design traditions had largely been lost. The dominant style of pottery, now identified as "Polacca Polychrome," was based upon Zuni pottery-making methods and aesthetics. As seen in this example, Zuni-influenced pottery can be distinguished by a crackled white slip. Designs based on geometric and arabesque motifs are quite common.