Lonewolf, Joseph – “Lone Chipmunk” (1986)
This is a charming miniature by Joseph Lonewolf 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 entitled, “Lone Chipmunk”. Joseph wrote of this piece:
“Comprising the front side of this minature is a cheerful, alert, sun-loving little animal, a lone chipmunk. Below the handsome hoarder, at the base, is the symbol of beauty, a tiny butterfly. Encircling the chipmunk and comprising the back side are designs symbolic of sun rays and the natural habitat (of the chipmunk).
The surface is fully polished red and there are additional black, white, green and blue clay slips added to create the colorations. The yearly symbol for 1986 is a “heart” which represents love and Lonewolf says, “in particular a deep devotion for the ancestors and Mother Earth”. The seedpot is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.