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Alvina Yepa (b. 1954) learned to make pottery from her mother, Felipita Nonche Yepa. She began making pottery in the 1980s and in 1987 won First Place and Best of Division for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and has won “Best of Pottery” at the Heard Museum Indian Market. This is a massive piece that is coil-built. The jar has a high, round shoulder and a short neck. The neck is incised with a cloud design. The jar has 89 melon ribs carved into the clay. They are symmetrical and each is stone polished to a high red coloration. It is striking in the symmetry of the carving, the highly polished surface, and the scale of the jar! It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Alvina Yepa”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.