Youngblood, Mela – Gourd Bowl (1974)
Mela Youngblood 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 when carved the edges are distinctly rounded. This bowl is a stylized version of the classic “gourd pot”. This style usually has indented areas on the surface of the vessel. On this piece Mela has created indentions on the side of the bowl leaving the top and bottom a fully polished surface. The bowl was made in 1974 and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is beautifully polished and unique in its form.