Youngblood, Mela – Bowl with Clouds and Avanyu (1980’s)
This is a striking larger bowl by Mela Youngblood. She was a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and began making pottery in the late 1960’s and quickly achieved a distinctive style for her work. Each piece of her work very highly polished and very deeply carved. This bowl is carved with a water serpent encircling the piece. Above the avanyu (water serpent) is a rounded cloud pattern. Note the depth of the carving on the bowl! It is fully polished and fired a deep black. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Mela Youngblood”. It is beautifully polished and striking in design.