Nampeyo, Iris – Jar with Corn and Fire Clouds (1990s)
Iris Nampeyo was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo and well known for her elegant asymmetrical vessels with corn as part of the design in relief. Iris began using corn in relief on the surface of her pottery in the early 1980s. The corn is symbolic of being part of the Corn Clan. The surface of the jar is stone polished and there is a single ear of corn in matte. The husk is sharp-edged and matte with sections that extend around the jar. The opening is slightly asymmetrical which is in keeping with the organic style of the form. 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 Nampeyo” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.