Nampeyo, Iris – Red Jar with Corn Design (1990s)

3.75"w x 3.5"h

$ 1,100.00

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 this jar is stone polished and the corn on the front is in applique relief.  The husk of the corn is sharp and the matte area extends around the corn.  This jar was made with red Hopi clay, giving it this distinctive coloration.  The matte areas are in contrast to the remainder of the piece which is polished.  The opening is asymmetrical which is in keeping with the organic style of the form.  There is simplicity and elegance in her pottery.  The jar was traditionally fired so there are color variations on the surface of the piece.  The jar is signed, “Iris Nampeyo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.