Lonewolf, Joseph – Feathered Water Serpent Seedpot (1990’s)
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 the 1990’s. It has the yearly symbol of a heart with a cross in it on the back. On the front is the classic Feathered Water Serpent which was used by Joseph Lonewolf and his family. Note the intricate detail in the head and the feathers. There is an additional butterfly etched into the back of the piece. 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.