EDITH NASH (circa 1920–?)
HOPI POLYCHROME ASHTRAY circa 1965
We wish we knew more about Edith Nash. Schaaf's Hopi-Tewa Pottery gives us little beyond "active 1940–70," which is nowhere near enough for such an important potter. There's a nice large chicken effigy of hers on page 47 of our now out-of-print Collections of Southwestern Pottery (1998), but it wasn't photographed at a flattering angle. There's also a smaller, rope-handled chicken effigy bowl on the same page that appears on page 75 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni. She's hard to find in other books, although drawings of several of her pieces appear in the now-rare 1968 monograph Modern Hopi Pottery by Kathryn A. Sikorski. She shouldn't be ignored. This is a beautifully made tourist curio, an ashtray shape we've never seen before and may never see again.
5-1/4" long x 3-1/2" wide x 2" high