Lonewolf, Joseph – Seedpot with Mimbres Insects and Lizard (1975), Pottery Jewels

2.25"w x 2.5"h

$ 3,600.00

This is an exceptional larger seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf. The piece is fully polished and fired red and it was made in 1975.  The piece has four medallions, one with a dragonfly, one with a beetle, one with a bee, and the final one with a lizard.  Each design is inspired by the Mimbres pottery of the 1100s.  The areas around the designs are smoothed to a leather-like feel.  There are more deeply incised lines near the base and rounded ones near the top.  The seedpot was traditionally fired and it is signed “Joseph Lonewolf” and dated 1975.  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 is the only piece on the page in the book, with multiple views of the designs.  I’m always fascinated to see the pieces from the book as I somehow imagine them larger at times when they truly are, “pottery jewels”.  

“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