Lonewolf, Joseph – Bowl with Antelope Medallions (1973)
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 bowl is very thin walled and has an indented bottom. It is fully polished red and there are three medallions. Each medallion has an antelope as the design. The antelope are etched into the clay before firing. The border of each medallion is polished green. Joseph was one of the first potters to begin using clays that were not red and this is a very early example of his green clay slip. The remainder of the bowl is fully polished red. The precision of the designs and the shine of the polished surface create a perfect balance. This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.
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