Lonewolf, Joseph – “Leaping Grasshoppers” Seedpot (1997)
This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1997. The piece is entitled, “Leaping Grasshoppers”. It includes a signed version of the card which Joseph made for each of his miniatures. There is also a photo of Joseph holding the piece! Joseph wrote partially of this piece,
“Portrayed side view are two geometrically designed and color-toned grasshoppers. Representative of the Mimbres Period – 10th to 14th centuries. Both grasshoppers appear to be leaping. Beneath the plant-eating insects is a higly polished red slipwork symbolic of Mother Earth. Swirled and jagged to denote “Her” terrain, MOther Earth’s surface is only sparsely vegetated.”
The butterfly etched on the back is symbolic of beauty and the the interlocking rings medallion represents the attachment between friends and was the yearly symbol for 1997. This piece was actually purchased at our gallery show for Joseph Lonewolf and Grace Medicine Flower in 1998! 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. The piece is signed on the bottom and includes the signed artist card. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.