About Chris Youngblood

Youngblood is rapidly emerging as one of the premier pueblo potters of his generation. In fact, his 2014 Best of Pottery ribbon, at Santa Fe Indian Market, perhaps the most prestigious award a pueblo potter can win, put him in historic and select company.

His work is an electric blend of traditional methods (local clays and slips, brilliant stone polishing, traditional firing) and contemporary design. Chris has pottery greatness in his genes. He is from the renowned Tafoya family of Santa Clara Pueblo in northern New Mexico. His great-grandmother was the legendary Margaret Tafoya; his grandmother was Mela Youngblood and he learned pottery from his mother Nancy Youngblood, one of the most decorated living pueblo potters. He is influenced happily by them all, but his own exciting artistic vision is emerging now.

Chris’ favorite designs currently include melon swirls (a family tradition, but swirling the opposite direction of Nancy’s famous creations!), koi, Avanyu (water serpent), and birds including parrots. He fires in rich red or black (or sienna) sometimes with matte surfaces or polished or both.  Forms include traditional Tewa water jars, sometimes large, sometimes lidded and, just lately, a magnificent large black lidded box adorned with 2 different sets of Avanyus.

Chris Youngblood's Work

  • Santa Clara Large Flame Jar by Chris Youngblood $5800
  • Superb Santa Clara Large Lidded Avanyu Box by Chris Youngblood $6000
  • Santa Clara Mini Red Melon by Chris Youngblood $1850
  • Santa Clara 16-Rib Melon Jar with Tall Melon Lid by Chris Youngblood $4400
  • I never know what’s coming next, but I do know this: Chris Youngblood’s best is yet to come!

    —Lyn Fox