Youngblood, Christopher – Large Four Avanyu Lidded Jar
Christopher Youngblood creates intricately carved vessels which reflect a perfect balance of matte and polished surfaces with intricately carved designs. This is a large jar which has classic designs. On the body of the jar is fully carved with two avanyu, a male and female. The curved-down horn is the female avanyu and the kiva-step horn is the male avanyu. The way he placed them they are alternating in location on the jar. Note as well how the body of each of the avanyu is very complex in carving and style. The tiny swirls and lightning patterns are complex for carving and polishing. The bowl has a beautifully rounded shoulder and a slight slope the opening. The lid has a male avanyu on one side and a female avanyu on the other. The lid fits perfectly into the opening of the bowl. The inside of the bowl is slipped with mica. The piece is traditionally fired a deep black. It is signed on the bottom in the clay. I’m pleased that I have been working with Chris since 2010 when I wrote the first article on him for Native People’s magazine. It is exciting to see how his work has progressed over the years and the awards for his pottery, including the 2014 “Best of Pottery” at Santa Fe Indian Market. He was featured in the book, Spoken Through Clay, and continues to be one of the leading young potters working today.