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Wallace YouvellaWallace Youvella

Wallace Youvella is a son of noted Hopi potter Susie Maha Youvella. He is the husband of potter Iris Nampeyo and the father of Wallace, Jr, Charlene, Nolan and Doren Youvella. He learned to make pottery by watching Iris and her mother Fannie Nampeyo create pottery, as well as from his mother while growing up. He was one of the first men, along with Thomas Polacca, to begin making pottery at Hopi in the late 1970's.  Wallace is known for wonderful Hopi Membres patterns and shapes carved into various natural clays he harvest from around the Pueblo.  His carving is three dimensional with wonderful hatch marks to make the figures appear to stand free from the pottery surface.  Wallace uses the traditional process of digging and preparing the clay, hand coiling each piece, then polishing, carving and painting with natural pigments and ores.   His colors often reflect the colors of the earth and stone around the Hopi Mesas.

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Youvella, Wallace – Large Seedpot with Carved Eagle

This is a larger seedpot by Wallace Youvella, the husband of Iris Nampeyo  It is very deeply carved with an eagle as the main design.  The eagle is surrounded by a rainbow pattern and the back of the seedpot is carved with a feather pattern.  The eagle and eagle feathers are slipped with a brown colored clay while the background is red. The lower tan area is the natural color of the clay.  Note the detail int he background and on the eagle!  Wallace was one of the first three men at Hopi in the mid-1970’s to begin making pottery (the others were Mark Tahbo and Thomas Polacca).  Interestingly, Thomas and Wallace (who were brothers-in-law) both started with traditional Hopi-Tewa designs but met resistance from the women potters, so began making pieces which were either fully polished and etched or deeply carved and slipped to look like a wood carving.  This piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 775.00
Youvella, Jr., Wallace – Seedpot with Hemis Mana Katsina

This is an intricate small bowl by Wallace Youvella, Jr.  He is the son of noted potters Wallace Youvella and Iris Nampeyo.  It is fully polished with a Hemis Mana Katsina as the design.  It is in relief on one side of the bowl. Note the detail to the hair and the face of the katsina!  The remainder is fully polished and it is traditionally fired so there are color variations on the surface.  This piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Wallace Youvella, Jr..  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 225.00
Youvella, Wallace – Seedpot with Sunface

This is an intricate miniature by Wallace Youvella, the husband of Iris Nampeyo  It is fully polished with a blue clay slip.  It is etched with a sunface as the central design.  The lighter blue areas are where he etched away from the polished surface but not deep enough for the tan.  Wallace was one of the first three men at Hopi in the mid-1970’s to begin making pottery (the others were Mark Tahbo and Thomas Polacca).  Interestingly, Thomas and Wallace (who were brothers-in-law) both started with traditional Hopi-Tewa designs but met resistance from the women potters, so began making pieces which were either fully polished and etched, or carved.  This piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 175.00
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