Yellowbird Samora

Pottery

Yellowbird, an avid skier and kayaker, is "attracted to water," he says, to "fluid, liquid forms." He works "the shapes of traditional Pueblo pottery into something totally contemporary, with less emphasis on design and pattern than on the elemental form of the pottery. I try to leave something …

Yellowbird, an avid skier and kayaker, is "attracted to water," he says, to "fluid, liquid forms." He works "the shapes of traditional Pueblo pottery into something totally contemporary, with less emphasis on design and pattern than on the elemental form of the pottery. I try to leave something to the viewer to interpret. People say it looks like human forms; other viewers see moving water. I want it to have an organic feel--something of Pueblo pottery and something of what the viewer brings to it."

The future of his work, he says, will involve "the pottery dictating its own form. I am always developing a closer relationship with the clay; it's a constant process of patience, trial, and error."

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