CLAUDIA KAVOKA (?–?)
MARICOPA MOCCASIN ASHTRAY circa 1940
The attribution on this tourist ashtray goes back to when we were working on our first book in the early 1990s. In trying to learn about Maricopa pottery, we talked to Wenima Washington, an elderly kitchen worker at the Salt River Reservation. We showed her pictures of the pieces we'd been able to find, and she brightened when she saw this, saying, "Oh, my mother made that." That's how we learned the name Claudia Kavoka, a potter we've never seen mentioned anywhere except in our books. We were new to researching at the time, and we never thought to ask Wenima about her mother's dates. Unless we have a research breakthrough or somebody who knows contacts us, the question marks will remain in the top line of this description. This little piece made two of our books. It's on page 92 of the First Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni and on page 27 of our out-of-print Collections of Southwestern Pottery.
5-1/2" long x 2" wide x 1-5/8" high