Iris Youvella Nampeyo, Hopi Pueblo Potter (1944-2018)
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Hopi Pueblo artist Iris Youvella Nampeyo pottery vessels are usually a beautiful buckskin color with a smooth finish and no painted decoration.
Iris Youvella Nampeyo (1944-2018) was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo and granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano. Originally, Iris used the traditional Sikyatki revival designs made popular by Nampeyo, but then she began to make the un-slipped tan pottery in the style made famous by Elizabeth White (Polingaysi) and later by her nephew Al Colton (Qöyawayma). Iris Youvella Nampeyo reduced the appliqué corn to a delicate state from the large one used by Elizabeth and Al.
Photo of Iris Youvella Nampeyo Photo courtesy of Rick Dillingham book: Fourteen Families In Pueblo Pottery
Text Reference: Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.
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