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Youngblood, Nancy – Jar with 32 Feathers and Carved Avanyu (1986)

Youngblood, Nancy – Jar with 32 Feathers and Carved Avanyu (1986)

2"w x 3"h
$ 3,300.00
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This is a spectacular jar by Nancy Youngblood is from 1986.  While it is small, it is very deeply carved into the clay.  The jar has 32 very, very thinly carved feathers encircling the neck of the piece. It’s amazing how she could even carve into the clay with such small lines!  Below the feathers is a very deeply carved avanyu encircling the jar.  The body of the avanyu swirls around the piece with cloud and rain designs.  The piece is very is highly polished to a stunning shine. It is in perfect condition, with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Youngblood Cutler”.

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Youngblood, Nancy (b. 1955)

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Nancy Youngblood, 2018. King Galleries | Santa Fe

  Nancy Youngblood is a daughter of Mela Youngblood and a granddaughter of Margaret Tafoya.  She was inspired to begin making the swirl melon bowls when she saw one made by her great-uncle Camilio Tafoya.  Each piece is coil built, carved, stone polished and native fired.  Nancy is focused both on the artistry of her pottery but also on the traditions of Santa Clara Pueblo and her family. When Nancy Youngblood first began making pottery, she started with miniatures, focusing on creating very intricate form and tightly carved designs.  Her melon ribbed vessels are among her best-known forms.  There are a variety of styles, including straight ribs, swirl ribs and "s" swirl ribs.  Each variation required different techniques.  Nancy also creates "free form" designs, which allow her to use the melon rib concept of abstract designs. In 1989 she won "Best of Show" at Santa Fe Indian Market. The was a testament to the quality and integrity of her pottery art.  As well, it was ten years earlier that Margaret Tafoya, her grandmother, also won "Best of Show". Today, Nancy Youngblood continues this amazing legacy.  Her sons, Christopher, Sergio, and Joseph, have all worked with the clay.  It is important to her that each of them learns the techniques and cultural importance of the clay.  Nancy's pottery can be found in museums worldwide.  She has also been featured in numerous books including, "Crafted to Perfection", "Born of Fire" and "The Art of Clay".  Most recently she won "Best of Pottery" at the 2015 Santa Fe Indian Market for a large jar with melon ribs and a horse design.  Stunning!
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