Iris Youvella Nampeyo

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.

Al Qoyawayma is Iris' nephew.

Two "trademarks" of Iris' works: the delicately carved corn design and the organic opening. She signs her pottery Iris Nampeyo with a corn symbol denoting her clan affiliation.

Carved ear of corn and organic opening on a polished tan jar
Polished tan jar with carved ear of corn and organic opening
4 3/4 in H by 7 in Dia
Ear of corn relief on a buff-colored jar
Buff-colored jar with ear of corn relief
3 3/4 in H by 7 in Dia
Raised ear of corn on a brown jar
Plain brown jar with a raised ear of corn
4 in H by 4 1/2 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery

Hopi Potters