JEAN SAHME (1948– )
HOPI POLYCHROME DISH circa 2005
This is a remarkable piece by an important potter. I've seen few pieces where I can say the photograph doesn't do it justice. Thanks to its nuances of polish and finish, this changes its appearance with every slight tilt, and everyone who's seen this found it fascinating. Jean Sahme is Nampeyo's great-great granddaughter, and she and her sisters, Rachel, Nyla and Bonnie, have been important Hopi potters since the 1960s. We have a special fondness for Jean, to the point of considering that she might be our favorite potter, period. One thing that sets her apart is a sense of humor, which she displays on her tile in the frontispiece of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni and in the ladle on page 81. Sadly, nothing is forever, and Jean has recently succumbed to senior dementia and can't work any longer. In August of 2019, Andrea Fisher's Santa Fe Gallery had a retrospective of Jean's work. Andrea told us that when she came to the opening, she didn't understand where she was or why she was there, but when she came to the case filled with her
pieces, her eyes brightened and she discussed each design and its meaning to her.
I feel fortunate to have this wonderful reminder of Jean's greatness
9-1/2" diameter x 5/8" high