Spider Pot

Steve Lucas, Hopi / American, born 1955


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about 1995


Overall: 4 × 6 1/4 in. (10.2 × 15.9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Susan R. Malloy in memory of her husband, Edwin A. Malloy, Class of 1983P



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area

Native American

Native American: Southwest

Not on view


Nampeyo of Hano learned to make pottery from her grandmother as a teenager. Inspired by the designs and forms in early Hopi pottery, Nampeyo visited the ruins of her ancestors’ villages in search of motifs that she could reproduce in her own work. Steve Lucas—Nampeyo’s great-great-grandson—coils, polishes, paints, and fires his pottery in accordance with the techniques passed down to him by his grandmothers and aunt, while producing innovative forms. Together, these works show the continuity of techniques, as well as the evolution of form and design, over generations.

From the 2022 exhibition Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, curated by Dillen Peace '19, Native American Art Intern and Sháńdíín Brown '20, Native American Art Intern 

Course History

ANTH 3.01, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Sienna Craig, Winter 2022

Writing Program 5.24, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Winter 2023

Writing Program 5.25, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Winter 2023

Exhibition History

Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 22, 2022-March 12, 2023.


Susan R. and Edwin A. Malloy [parents of Timon J. Malloy, Class of 1983]; bequeathed to Susan R. Malloy, Westport, Connecticut, 1998; given to present collection, 2001.

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