Lonewolf, Joseph – Mini Black Seedpot with Butterfly and Dragonfly (1979)
This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1979. It is round in shape with a hole on the bottom and it is highly polished. The piece has a realistic butterfly etched into the surface of the piece. It is on a leaf. On the side is a dragonfly, which was the yearly symbol for 1979. It was fired a glossy black. It is signed on the bottom, “Joseph Lonewolf”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. While it is small, it is definitely one of his “pottery gems”.
Joseph Lonewolf said of his use of Mimbres imagery in his pottery:
“When I work the clay, everything flows. Some people wonder why I keep changing styles, colors, 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, 1974, Spoken Through Clay
Deciphered: The Yearly Symbols of Joseph Lonewolf