Lonewolf, Joseph – Jar with Avanyu (1971)
Joseph Lonewolf began making pottery in 1970-1. This is a very early piece of his pottery. It is a more classic shape with a wide shoulder which slopes upward. The bottom half of the piece is fully polished. The top is etched with a water serpent (avanyu) with a feather pattern, which is the style used by him and his family. The matte background area is deeply etched swirls up from the shoulder and over the rim. It must have been exciting in 1971 to see work that was so new and unique at the time! This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.