Youngblood, Mela – Jar with Bear Paws (1980’s)
This is a traditional jar by Mela Youngblood. She was a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and began making pottery in the late 1960s. She quickly achieved a distinctive style for her work. Each piece of her work was very highly polished and when carved the edges are distinctly rounded. This bowl is incised with three bear paws. The bear paws are symbolic of a bear that led the Pueblo people to water during a drought. The entire piece is fully polished and fired a glassy black. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Mela Youngblood”. The traditional design and highly polished surface make it a classic of her pottery.