Iris Nampeyo

Corn Applique

4 3/4" H x 6" D

Iris Youvella Nampeyo is truly a next-generation matriarch of Hopi pottery. She is the daughter of the late Fannie Nampeyo, and grand-daughter to the legendary Sikyatki renaissance potter - Nampeyo, and the rest of her family pedigree reads like a Who's Who of Hopi pottery.

Iris maintains a clean and classic approach to Hopi pottery making. Her natural colors lend themselves well to the look and feel which she sets out to achieve. There is nothing else quite like an Iris piece. The smooth and flowing lines of the corn stalk not only represent her skill as a delicate potter but her clan as well.

Iris spends many hours burnishing her pottery by hand in the traditional fashion - using a smooth polishing stone handed down for generations. She is very meticulous in her attention to detail. Every inch is carefully gone over to insure precise density and polish.

Her cornstalk motif is her "trademark" design, and the vessel's non-uniform lip is unique to her pieces. Everything is naturually fired - outdoors in a sheep dung firing pit. Still she has mastered the ability of achieving an even and consistent coloration throughout.

Iris appears in nearly every major publication on Hopi pottery including Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artists Biographies by Gregory Schaff (p. 107), The Art of the Hopi by Jerry and Lois Jacka (p. 121), Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery by Rick Dillingham (p. 25), and The Legacy of a Master Potter: Nampeyo and Her Descendants by Mary Ellen and Laurence Blair (pp. 148, 236).

Gallery Price: $1,750.00


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