Lonewolf, Joseph – Large Seedpot with World Wildlife Scene (1989)
This is a large seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf. The piece is fully polished and fired red. It is one of his first realistic wildlife pieces to include animals from around the world. This piece has a realistic elk, ibex, leopard, rabbit, Big Horn Sheep, pelican, and blue jay. Each is precision perfect in realism and detail. They are surrounded by traditional cloud designs and note the small feathers on the geometrics! On this piece, it is not just the detail and variety of animals, but note how they flow and connect across the surface. There is a stunning interconnection with each animal. The animals are mostly highlighted with white clay slip. Near the base is a green clay and there is a small butterfly near the base that is his “symbol of beauty”. The yearly symbol for 1989 is the ankh. The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Joseph Lonewolf”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.
“Working with clay requires feeling and patience. Regardless of how much time I spend on a pot, if one hairline crack appears in the very last step, the firing, I know that spiritually I have done something wrong. I haven’t kept the faith. The pot must be destroyed, and all the work has been in vain.” JOSEPH LONEWOLF, Spoken Through Clay