Les Namingha pot in my parents’ home just before being shipped to the DeYoung and 15 months before it was displayed there

Hopi pot

I think I counted seven of the 30 pots in the DeYoung Hopi Pottery display came from my parents’ gift, from The Paul E. And Barbara H. Weiss Collection of Pueblo Pottery.

I just noticed this Les Namingha pot in a short film I made about the collection right before we sold my parents’ condo, in Palo Alto, where they lived with the pots the final 14 years of their lives. They had started the collection about 15 years prior, while living in Los Altos Hills. They would go to Santa Fe at least every year, especially for Indian Market. 

In 2007, they gave about 30 pots, and about a dozen more in 2011. Ultimately and at their death, the DeYoung took about 75 pots from the Collection.

I noticed in a book in the DeYoung gift shop that Les’ pot is based on an historic Nampeyo pot that is currently also in a show at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. I had somehow thought his design was modern or post-modern, but it’s historical. 

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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