Youngblood, Nancy – Sixteen Swirling Rib Melon Bowl
This is a deeply carved melon bowl by Nancy Youngblood. There are sixteen ribs, each deeply carved into the clay. They swirl around from the rim to the base of the bowl. Each rib is narrow and they are compact for the size. Each rib is individually polished. When you look at them you can see that each rib has two sides and the amount of actual polished space is almost twice its size. Nancy says that she can only polish three ribs at a time as they are so time involved. Nancy has a particular stone that allows her to polish so deeply and the piece has a glassy surface. Look at the piece from the top down and the ribs spiral out, seeming to rest one on another, perfectly catching the light. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nancy Youngblood”. While it may be a small piece, it is certainly the classic style of this renowned artist.