Lonewolf, Joseph – Mini Seedpot with Flute Players (1986)
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 is a very small seedpot and yet it is very fully designed! The seedpot has two Mimbres style flute players as the design. They are surrounded by plant and rain designs. There is a butterfly on the opposite side. The heart medallion is the yearly symbol for 1986. There is an additional green clay slip used to highlight the designs. The precision of the designs and the shine of the polished surface create a perfect balance. This piece is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.