Lonewolf, Joseph – Small Bowl with Avanyu (1971)
Joseph Lonewolf began making pottery in 1970-1. This is an important early piece of his pottery. It is the 29th piece that he made and it was made in 1971. When he first began making pottery, not only would he sign his pieces, but they were numbered in sequential order as to how many he had made! This piece has “29” on the bottom, making it his 29th piece. It is fully polished and very lightly etched with a feathered avanyu (water serpent) encircling the piece. The way he would etch this style was to take away just the top layer of slip but not deep enough to etch into the body of the bowl. These are always some of his most interesting and developmental styles. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Joseph Lonewolf” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.