Lonewolf, Joseph – Red Seedpot with Realistic Deer and Fawn (2000)
This is a complex realistic seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf. He began making pottery in 1970-1 and this piece is from 2000. The seedpot is fully polished and fired a red. There is a realistic deer and fawn etched into the clay on the front. They are highlighted with various clay slips to create the colorations. Around the edge of the medallion are 12 daisies. On the back is a small butterfly that represents beauty. The piece is from 2000 with the yearly symbol of a daisy, for his mother, Agapita Tafoya. The piece is signed on the bottom, “Joseph Lonewolf”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.
It gives me a funny feeling when people tell me I’ve done something brand new and different. I’ve just figured out all over again what potters did centuries ago. But it is NOT new as people like to say it is. Such colors were achieved in pre-history times by my ancestors. I regard the Mimbres as my ancestors. Though I refine their designs, each design must have meaning for me. In my dreams I see how to use the design, how to make the pot happen. Then 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, Spoken Through Clay