Artist Media Series
This is an intricately designed seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf. The piece is fully polished and fired red and it was begun in 1974 and finished in 1975. The top of the piece has a realistic butterfly. Opposite is a feather pattern. The matte area is smoothed down to a leather-like feel. The bottom is fully polished. The seedot was traditionally fired. It is signed “Joseph Lonewolf” and dated 19745. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. The was published in 1976 in his book, ‘The Pottery Jewels of Joseph Lonewolf”. There is a photo of the piece next to its image in the book.
“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