Lonewolf, Joseph – Realistic Bees Seedpot (1984)
OJoseph Lonewolf is undoubtedly one of the great names in Pueblo pottery for his style of sgraffito pottery with realistic animals and insects. This unique seedpot is from 1984 and it has two honey bees as the design. One of the bees even has the pollen on its legs! It is extraordinary how he is able to capture such realism on a round surface just by etching into the surface of the clay! The side has the annual yearly symbol for 1984 on the back. It is meant to represent a bright future. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay. Note as well the “Mimbres Bees” Seedpot by Joseph from the same year. It is a companion piece to this seedpot, with the bees etched in a Mimbres style while they are realistic on this piece!