COLLEEN POLEAHLA (1961– )

HOPI POLYCHROME SEED JAR circa 1990


Colleen Poleahla may not seem like a top-of-the-marquee name among Hopi pottery stars, but she’s hardly unnoticed. Her mother was the well-known Freida Poleahlla, and Schaaf’s Hopi Indian Pottery gives her more than a page. Her biography in the book talks about her exhibitions and shows and concludes “Colleen’s style of painting also is unique—strong, bold brush strokes with an expressionistic flair. . . . Although she has yet to be widely exhibited, the quality of her work is exceptional.” Her signature gives her clan affiliations. This piece has a positive Nampeyoish design and is thin and carefully made. The tiny repaired rim chip shouldn’t diminish it’s value.


4-3/4” diameter x 2-1/2” high


Excellent condition except for a 1/32” chip

in the rim, now repaired and not noticeable.


S-687      $195



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