Youngblood, Nancy – 32 Rib Swirl Water Jar (2004)

8.5"w x 8.5"h

$ 25,000.00

Stunning!  This is an exceptional large water jar by Nancy Youngblood. The shape is a classic water jar with a rainbow ridge shoulder.  The shape is inspired by the work of her grandmother, Margaret Tafoya, and her great-grandmother, SaraFina Tafoya. The jar has 32 ribs swirling around the neck and 32 ribs swirling towards the base!  The rim is perfectly carved and polished with the inside of the rim also rounded out!  It is always technically difficult to create a rim of such complexity and not have it break during the polishing!  As well, note the depth of the carving on this piece.  The entire bowl is fully polished which takes an extraordinary amount of time.  Consider that each rib has two “sides” to be polished and the surface area of the piece is about double its size!  Nancy has won numerous awards for her melon bowls and this is undoubtedly a classic of her style!  This jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Youngblood”.  It was made in 2004, which was the year she won the prestigious New Mexico Governor’s Award for the Arts and was shown at in the Governor’s office.  It has a great bit of provenance as it has the original invitation to the 2004 Governor’s award along with a  photo of Nancy with the jar in the Governor’s outer office where it was on display.   The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Nancy said of this style of her pottery:

“I got the idea from seeing a picture of Sara Fina’s work. Her jar had a fluted top, and the swirl went from the left to the right and ended at the raised rainbow band on the shoulder. The bottom was plain. I wanted to take the shape and make it uniquely mine so I carried the swirl below the shoulder to the base. I deliberately curved in my fluted rim to make it more distinctive. Technically, this is one of the most difficult pieces to polish because you are continually flipping it around. You polish one side of a rib, and then you have to flip it real fast and polish the other side.” Nancy Youngblood, Spoken Through Clay