Youngblood, Christopher – Large Polychrome Jar with Avanyu & Buffalo Designs

8.25"w x 6.75"h

$ 6,500.00

This is an impressive large jar by Christopher Youngblood.  The piece is coil-built and has an elegant shape.  The jar has a sharp shoulder and an elongated neck. The shoulder of the jar is carved with two avanyu.  Each has a micaceous slipped tongue. They are each fully polished a deep red coloration. Note the complexity of each avanyu as they swirl around the jar and the carved angles and circles!  The neck of the jar, however, is what is so fascinating.  It is an interesting design that was created by Alcario Tafoya, Margaret Tafoya’s husband, and often used on their early polychrome pottery from the 1920-30 era (see last photo with polychrome plate by Margaret Tafoya, from “Margaret Tafoya” by Blairs).   It is a buffalo design and Chris has deeply carved eight of them into the clay.  They are matte in coloration with black accents for the eyes.  It is exciting to think that Chris is creating a polychrome revival of Margaret’s designs from nearly 100 years ago!  The jar was traditionally fired.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Chris Youngblood”.  The scale and coloration give it a dramatic appearance!

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