Youvella, Wallace – Seedpot with Turtle and Sun Design (1976-9)
This is an intricately etched seedpot by Wallace Youvella. He was the husband of Hopi-Tewa potter Iris Nampeyo It is fully polished red and the design is etched into the surface. There is a single medallion on the top with a turtle as the design. The back or shell of the turtle is a Hopi sun design. The base has a triangular plant design. Note the matte area which has been etched away. Wallace etched a lighter linear design into that area. The seedpot was made between 1976-9. Wallace was one of the first three men at Hopi in the mid-1970’s to begin making pottery (the others were Mark Tahbo and Thomas Polacca). Interestingly, Thomas and Wallace (who were brothers-in-law) both started with traditional Hopi-Tewa designs but met resistance from the women potters, so began making pieces which were either fully polished and etched, or carved. This piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Wallace Youvella”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.