Youngblood, Nancy – 32 Straight Rib Mellon (1987)
This is a classic straight ribbed melon bowl by Nancy Youngblood. The bowl is coil built and each rib is deeply carved into the clay. The depth of the carving and the symmetry of each rib is exceptional. This is certainly one of the enduring aspects of her incredible artistry. Each rib is then polished with a stone to achieve the shine. Although it is a small piece, consider that each rib has two sides and how much surface area there is for this piece! The ribs are also very deeply carved into the clay and almost come to a point at the edge! Check out the image looking down on the bowl to see the depth and symmetry of this piece. Nancy says she can only polish three ribs in one sitting as they are so time-consuming. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed, “Nancy Youngblood Cutler” and it is from 1987. Simply an iconic piece of her pottery!