Born in 1944, Iris Youvella Nampeyo is the daughter of Fannie Nampeyo. She learned the traditional art of making pottery from her mother and grandmother, Nampeyo of Hano. Early in her career as a potter she used many of the pottery styles and designs made famous by her mother and grandmother but then she changed to making unslipped tan pottery with no painted decorations.
Two "trademarks" of Iris' works: the delicately carved repousse ear-of-corn design and the organic opening. She signs her pottery Iris Nampeyo with a corn symbol denoting her clan affiliation. Al Qoyawayma is her nephew.