Fender, Erik – Green-on-Black Canteen
Erik Fender is the son of Martha Appleleaf and the grandson of noted potter Carmelita Dunlap. Erik combines classic San Ildefonso imagery with his own creative style. His pottery is signed, with his Tewa name, “Than Tsideh”, which means “Sunbird”. This canteen has a round body and extended handles. It is very highly polished and painted with sun and prayer feather designs. The jar was fired black and then the designs were two-toned green-on-black. It is a distinctive coloration for his pottery. The “cork” is made from corn husk and there is a hand-braided cord through the handles. It is a striking piece of his pottery. It is signed, ‘Than Tsideh”.