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Joy Navasie
HOPI POTTER

Joy Navasie is among the most famous and prolific Hopi-Tewa potters. She is known as "Frog Woman," the name being passed down from her mother, Paqua Naha. Her mother taught her how to make pottery, her career beginning around 1935. She began signing her pots with a Frog Hallmark around 1939. She draws her frog with web feet, while her mother drew the frog with short toes.

  Joy works mostly in a style called black and red on white, referring to black and white designs on white slipped pottery. She credits her mother, Paqua Naha, with developing white ware pottery around 1951 or 1952. About three years later, Paqua died. Joy carried on the white ware tradition, passing it on to her daughters and other family members.