Youngblood, Christopher – Bowl with Medallions and Water
WOW! This is a great bowl by Christopher Youngblood. He creates intricately carved vessels that reflect a perfect balance of matte and polished surfaces with intricately carved designs. This bowl is deeply carved and highly polished making it a gem in clay! The bowl has two large medallions. Each has 20 carved sections around the oval center. They are surrounded by river or water designs that extend up from the base. The rivulets of water are deeply carved into the clay in the “melon rib” style. Each has a sharp edge and so consider that, much like the melon bowls, there are two sides to each rib. The swirl and flow around the bowl and the medallions. Each carved section is highly stone polished. The top is carved and matte which draws the eye downward to the designs. The piece was traditionally fired a deep black. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Chris Youngblood”. It is exciting to see how Chris’s work has progressed over the years and the awards for his pottery. He was featured in the book, Spoken Through Clay, and continues to be one of the leading young potters working today.
Chris has said of his pottery:
“I’ve had generations of people before me who have had to learn the hard way. I’ve had that information given to me without having to go through all the struggles. But, I would say on the flip side, having someone so technically advanced as your teacher (Nancy Youngblood), let alone your mother, it’s hard. The expectations are a lot higher. I’ve learned that now, I never think it’s done. I keep going until I cannot find anything I can refine or add to the piece. To achieve an ever-higher level of precision takes a lifetime. ’s not something you learn, it’s something you live.” Christopher Youngblood, Spoken Through Clay