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Youngblood, Christopher – Square Box with Four Melon Rib Designs

Youngblood, Christopher – Square Box with Four Melon Rib Designs

6"w x 6"h (w/ lid)
$ 6,800.00
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Christopher Youngblood creates intricately carved vessels which reflect a perfect balance of matte and polished surfaces with intricately carved designs.   This box is square in shape. Creating boxes is always technically difficult as the flat sides can easily crack during drying or firing.  This piece is fully carved on the outside and the inside of the box has a micaceous clay slip. The side of the box has four different styles of melon ribs.  Each goes a different direction or has a variation in the swirl but they each flow seamlessly into the next side!  Carving and the polishing to create this seamless flow is difficult but the results are striking.  The lid has additional melon ribs extending down on both sides.  The piece was traditionally fired (see the last two photos) inside a metal box to keep out smoke and create a more consistent coloration. The result, however, is a striking coloration to the red and the contrasting matte surface.  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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Youngblood, Christopher (b. 1989)

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Chris Youngblood

Chris Youngblood 2017

Chris Youngblood, (b 1989)

Chris Youngblood is a great-grandson of Margaret Tafoya and a son of Nancy Youngblood.  His mother, Nancy, taught him to make pottery. He has won the "Best of Class - Youth Award" at Santa Fe Indian Market and the prestigious “Best of Pottery” in 2014.  He was featured in the 2010 Native People's Magazine as one of the "Generation Next Emerging Potters" and recently featured in Native Art Magazine in 2016 as one of the “Three Potters Under 30” to watch.  His "Best of Pottery" jar was featured in the book, "Spoken Through Clay".
Chris says that he focuses on each piece, taking the time to work on the shape and stone polish the surface to a high shine, often polishing a piece several times to get it right. Chris comes to the clay focused on expanding the technical and artistic boundaries of his illustrious family.  His manipulation of the clay surface through his technically inspired imagery expands the art in new directions.
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