Vintage Hopi Poly Chrome Pottery Vase, Wallace Youvella/Iris Nampeyo, Ca 1980's, #1333 Sold

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Native American, Vintage Hopi Poly Chrome Pottery Vase, by Wallace Youvella/Iris Nampeyo, Ca 1980's, #1333

Description: #1333 Native American, Vintage Hopi Poly Chrome Pottery Vase, by Wallace Youvella/Iris Nampeyo, Ca 1980's. Tan ground with geometric and zoological images painted in black and dark brown pigment over the top of the vase. The base color of the piece varies in hues from a light orange to a fine tan. Etched signature of both artists on the base.

Dimensions: 3.5"H x 8.25" Apex Diameter

Condition: excellent. No major condition problems are noted.

Wallace Youvella (1947- ) and Iris Youvella Nampeyo (1944- )Wallace Youvella and Iris Youvella Nampeyo, are married and have jointly produce pottery. Each has made pottery singly but there was a time when they produced pottery together.

Wallace Youvella, Hopi Pueblo, Kachina Clan, Polacca, active 1976-present: buffware pottery and lithographs Wallace is the son of Charlie Youvella and Susie Maha Youvella; husband of Iris Youvella Nampeyo; father of Wallace, Jr., Charlene, Nolan and Doren Youvella. Wallace learned by watching his wife, Iris, as well as Susie Maha and Fannie Nampeyo.

Iris Youvella Nampeyo, Hopi/Tewa, Corn Clan, active 1960-present: appliquéd buffware jars, black and red on yellow jars, and miniatures. Iris is the Granddaughter of Nampeyo; daughter of Fannie Polacca Nampeyo and Vinton Polacca; sister of Leah Garcia Nampeyo, Harold Polacca Nampeyo Sr., Tonita Hamilton Nampyeo, Tom Polacca, Elsworth Polacca and Elva Tewaguna Nampeyo; wife of Wallace Youvella, Sr.; mother of Wallace, Jr., Nolan, Charlene, and Doran Youvella. Photo of Wallace Youvella courtesy of Gregory Schaaf. Source: Adobe Gallery.

“Pueblo pottery is made using a coiled technique that came into northern Arizona and New Mexico from the south, some 1500 years ago. In the four-corners region of the US, nineteen pueblos and villages have historically produced pottery. Although each of these pueblos use similar traditional methods of coiling, shaping, finishing and firing, the pottery from each is distinctive.

Various clay's gathered from each pueblo’s local sources produce pottery colors that range from buff to earthy yellows, oranges, and reds, as well as black. Fired pots are sometimes left plain and other times decorated—most frequently with paint and occasionally with appliqué. Painted designs vary from pueblo to pueblo, yet share an ancient iconography based on abstract representations of clouds, rain, feathers, birds, plants, animals and other natural world features.

Tempering materials and paints, also from natural sources, contribute further to the distinctiveness of each pueblo’s pottery. Some paints are derived from plants, others from minerals. Before firing, potters in some pueblos apply a light colored slip to their pottery, which creates a bright background for painted designs or simply a lighter color plain ware vessel. Designs are painted on before firing, traditionally with a brush fashioned from yucca fiber.

Different combinations of paint color, clay color, and slips are characteristic of different pueblos. Among them are black on cream, black on buff, black on red, dark brown and dark red on white (as found in Zuni pottery), matte red on red, and polychrome—a number of natural colors on one vessel (most typically associated with Hopi). Pueblo potters also produce undecorated polished black ware, black on black ware, and carved red and carved black wares.

Making pueblo pottery is a time-consuming effort that includes gathering and preparing the clay, building and shaping the coiled pot, gathering plants to make the colored dyes, constructing yucca brushes, and, often, making a clay slip. While some Pueblo artists fire in kilns, most still fire in the traditional way in an outside fire pit, covering their vessels with large potsherds and dried sheep dung. Pottery is left to bake for many hours, producing a high-fired result.

Today, Pueblo potters continue to honor this centuries-old tradition of hand-coiled pottery production, yet value the need for contemporary artistic expression as well. They continue to improve their style, methods and designs, often combining traditional and contemporary techniques to create striking new works of art.” (Source: Museum of Northern Arizona)
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