Nampeyo, Iris – Tall Jar with Two Ears of Corn (1980s)
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 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. The surface of the jar is stone polished whiteish-tan coloration. There are two ears of corn on the front that are in applique relief. The husk of the corn is sharp and the matte area extends around to the side of the neck of the jar. The matte areas are in contrast to the remainder of the piece which is polished in a vertical manner. 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 very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.