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. Early in her career as a potter she used many of the pottery styles and designs made famous by her mother and grandmother (Nampeyo of Hano) but then she changed to making unslipped tan pottery with no painted decorations.

Two "trademarks" of Iris' works: the delicately carved repoussé 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.

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
Ear of corn applique on a tan seed pot Tan seed pot with an ear of corn applique
4 in H by 6 1/2 in Dia
Ear of corn applique on a miniature tan seed pot Miniature tan seed pot with an ear of corn applique
1 1/4 in H by 2 in Dia
Ear of corn applique on a tan jar with an organic opening Tan jar with an organic opening and Iris' trademark ear of corn
5 1/2 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Ear of corn applique on a miniature tan seed pot A miniature tan seed pot with an applique ear of corn
1 1/2 in H by 1 1/2 in Dia
Ear of corn applique on a tan seed pot with an organic opening Tan seed pot with an organic opening and an ear of corn applique
5 in H by 4 in Dia

Hopi Potters