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  • Joy Navasie
  • 1919

Joy is the second Frog Woman. Her mother, Paqua was the first. She was born in 1919 and recalls that she started making pottery when she was about 17 years old. Paqua, just a few years before she passed away, developed the white ware pottery style that Joy and her daughters have continued to produce. Joy signs her pottery with a frog hallmark, as did her mother. There is a difference in the way they each drew the feet of the frog. Paqua used short straight toes and Joy uses web feet.

Paqua Naha was the original Frogwoman and was born around 1890 and passed away in 1955. Paqua, which means Frog.  She was an outstanding and well-respected potter throughout her entire productive life.

Paqua, for most of her career, produced polychrome decorated wares on a yellow or cream slip. It was not until the last three years of her life that she developed the white ware that is so closely associated with the Frogwoman family of potters.

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Joy Navasie
Hopi / Tewa Clay Pot
8" Tall