Youngblood, Mela – Jar with Carved Clouds and Lightning (1970s)
This is a classic carved 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 jar has a round shoulder and a short neck. The design is carved around the center of the jar. There are rain, cloud, and lighting designs. The entire piece is fully polished and fired a dark black coloration. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Mela Youngblood”.