Nampeyo, Iris – Buff Colored Tall Seedpot with Corn in Relief (1980s)
Iris Nampeyo was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo and was well known for her elegant asymmetrical vessels with corn as part of the design in relief. Iris began using the corn in relief on the surface of her pottery in the early 1980s. The corn is symbolic of being part of the Corn Clan. This is an early piece of her work from the 1980s. The seedpot is taller in shape and it is vertically polished in the style of historic pottery. This style of polishing is called, “onion skin” polishing. There is a single ear of corn in relief on the side of the piece. It is matte in contrast to the polished jar. The piece was traditionally fired to create strong blushes on the surface of the piece. There are simplicity and elegance in her pottery. Iris’s pottery remains a classic among Hopi-Tewa pottery. This jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Iris Youvella Nampeyo” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.