Lonewolf, Joseph – Large Seedpot with Realistic and Mimbres Rabbits (1978)

2.25"w x 2.5"h

$ 3,500.00

This is a complex seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf. The piece is fully polished and fired red.  The piece was made in 1978, which was an interesting year in Joseph’s career.  It was the year he created a majority of his bronzes and some of his largest realistic animals pieces.  The piece has a large Mimbres-inspired rabbit on top of the piece.  Below that is another Mimbres rabbit.  Finally, there is a third rabbit, but one that is very realistic.  Below the rabbit is a stylized feather/avanyu design. As the piece is turned there are three Mimbres bees etched into the clay.  There are two Mimbres/geometric style flowers extending up from the base.  The matte area, where the clay was etched away, is vertical and extends outward from the rabbits. The design around the realistic rabbit, along with the color, gives a sense of primacy to the seedpot and also movement.  The piece has various shades of green, blue, and white clay slips.  This period of his work has a lot of shading of colors, as around the rabbits. The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Joseph Lonewolf” and his hallmark.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.  

“It gives me a funny feeling when people tell me I’ve done something brand new and different. I’ve just figured out all over again what potters did centuries ago. But it is NOT new as people like to say it is. Such colors were achieved in pre-history times by my ancestors.  I regard the Mimbres as my ancestors. Though I refine their designs, each design must have meaning for me. In my dreams, I see how to use the design, how to make the pot happen. Then when I work with the clay, everything flows. Some people wonder why I keep changing styles, colors, and forms. But I can’t just sit there and make pots. Like any artist, I must try different things, different techniques. I must meet the challenge with my hands. The patterns and the methods I see in my mind during my dreams.”
—Joseph Lonewolf, Spoken Through Clay

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