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Swirl Melon Bowl

Swirl Melon Bowl

1994
Location: not on view

Description

Nancy Youngblood is known for “melon” jars with deep, perfectly regular, hand-carved ribs—here, 32 swirl dramatically around the chamber, each polished to a sheen. Youngblood belongs to Santa Clara Pueblo’s fabled Tafoya pottery family and she is committed to preserving family techniques and forms, including the melon. She works in black ware, a Santa Clara tradition, and takes no shortcuts, offering a prayer before digging her own clay, building the vessel with clay coils, patiently polishing with handed-down polishing stones, and firing in an open fire rather than a kiln.
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  • {{cite web|title=Swirl Melon Bowl|url=false|author=Nancy Youngblood|year=1994|access-date=17 July 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1994.199