Lonewolf, Joseph – Bowl with Grasshopper 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 etched with a single medallion. There is a Mimbres style grasshopper or cricket as the design. Not the depth and precision of the matte area behind the insect! There are rectangular green polished areas surrounding it, which represent the grass. The use of the green clay slip in 1973 was quite new and a extraordinary addition to native clay colorations at the time. 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.