Nampeyo, Iris – Tan Wide Jar with Corn Design (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 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 and the corn on the front is in applique relief. The shape of this jar has a wide body and asymmetric rim. The design of the corn has a single ear of corn surrounded by the corn husk. The husk of the corn is sharp and the matte area extends around to the shoulder of the jar. The matte areas are in contrast to the remainder of the piece which is stone polished. The opening is asymmetrical which is in keeping with the organic style of the form. There are simplicity and elegance in her pottery. It was traditionally fired so there are subtle blushes to the surface. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Iris Nampeyo” and an etched ear of corn for the “Corn Clan”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.