Steve Lucas has the Hopi name of Koyemsi, Hopi-Tewa for the mudhead clown, the clan to which he belongs on Hopi First Mesa. This name and the mudhead logo appear on the base of each of Steve’s pots. You will find, simultaneously, the corn logo, symbol of the Corn clan, the clan of Nampeyo, Steve’s great, great-grandmother.
Steve uses all natural clays to hand coil his pottery, natural pigments to create designs and outdoor firing to give his art the wonderful blush that adds much so beauty.
Another characteristic of Steve’s fine work is the high polished glow which most pieces exhibit. This is achieved through many hours of diligent polishing using a small, smooth stone.
Most of his designs are based on old Sikyatki shards that he studies for inspiration. Steve’s work is precise, richly detailed, nearly perfect in symmetry.
This bowl has a wide shoulder and the design is painted on the top. It has two Sikyatki style birds encircling the piece. Steve has used red clay “brush strokes” on the surface to give the piece a more painterly feel, but also to create a sense of motion for the birds! The bottom is fully polished with a red clay slip. It is signed on the bottom with his name and an ear of corn (Corn Clan) and a Mudhead Katsina. This piece is remarkably attractive. It is so beautiful and full of tradition.
4” high by 7 1/2” wide