Lonewolf, Joseph – “Standing Fawn & Butterflies” Seedpot (1989)
This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1989. The piece is coil built and stone polished. The design is etched into the clay. There is a single standing fawn on one side surrounded by a blue clay slip. Surrounding the fawn are 20 small butterflies also highlighted in blue. On the back is a doe and her fawn lightly etched into the clay. They are surrounded by more very tiny etched butterflies! Near the base is the 1989 yearly symbol, an ankh, an ancient Egyptian symbol of life. Each year Joseph would create a new “yearly symbol” and use it to “date” his pieces for that year. Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs. The piece is signed on the bottom. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.