Youngblood, Nathan – “Dragonfly Dreams” Jar

5.5"w x 6"h

$ 8,900.00

This is a classic high shoulder jar by Nathan Youngblood.  The piece is fully carved and polished a deep red.  The design tells the story of a dragonfly, which is the central design.  Above the dragonfly is a rainbow band.  As the dragonfly flies up into the rainbow (as the jar is turned) it rises up above the rainbow to the clouds. Dragonflies are the prayer messengers and this design brings this story to life.  Around the neck of the jar are also the walking bear paw design, which is one which Nathan learned from his grandmother, Margaret Tafoya, and continues to use on his pottery today. On a technical note, there is a continuous precision and depth to the carving in his pottery.  The deep red clay slip is high in iron oxide and fires a deep red.  The contrast of the polished red and matte is stunning!  It is an exceptionally intricate jar with sharp edges and complex patterns. The jar is traditionally fired and on Nathan’s red pieces, after they are fired, he uses screwdrivers to scrape the background area and the side of the carving.  This can take almost as much time as the carving or polishing itself!  Amazing the amount of time that goes into each vessel and yet how stunning they appear!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay with his name and hallmarked name in Tewa, which means “Deer Path”.