Lonewolf, Joseph – “American Creatures” Rabbit & Squirrel Seedpot (1984)
Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs. This seedpot is from 1984/5 and it is one of his few pieces black pieces. The seedpot is entitled, “American Creatures” and there is rabbit on one side and a tree squirrel on the other. The rabbit is designed so that it appears to be in motion. Beneath the rabbit is a design representing the brier-brush where it seeks shelter. Next to the plant design is the 1984 yearly symbol of a rainbow, symbolizing the promise of a bright future. The piece is striking in the contrast of the highly polished black surface and the colors for the two animals. All of the additional colors are created from natural clay slips. This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.