Youngblood, Christopher – Oval Bowl with Rain and Cloud Swirls
Christopher Youngblood creates intricately carved vessels which reflect a perfect balance of matte and polished surfaces with intricately carved designs. This oval bowl is a shape which perfectly lends itself to his carved designs. The long sides of the bowl have three different style of melon ribs. There are vertical, swirl and “s” swirl. On the ends are round cloud swirls. The ribs are deeply carved and very highly polished. Their precision is accentuated by the shape of the bowl. The base of the bowl is matte. The last photos are of the bowl being traditionally fired. 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 2104 “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.
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