Lonewolf, Joseph – “Through the Aspen” Realistic Wolf Seedpot (2001)
This is an extraordinary seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 2001. The piece is one from the period when he began to create exceptionally detailed and realistic animals on his pottery surfaces. The seedpot is entitled, “Through the Aspens” and it has the head of a wolf surrounded by eagle feathers on the sides and aspen trees above its head. The head of the wolf is etched into the clay at various levels. The added depth of sgraffito around the eyes gives them a realistic appearance. The aspen trees in the background are also realistically etched. All the colors were added to the piece before it was fired. Note the subtle colorations of the fur on the wolf. It is extraordinary, to say the least. As the piece is turned, there are wolf tracks on one side. Below the tracks are two medallions, one a daisy (for his mother Agapita), and one a sunflower (for his father Camilio). The back side has the spiral of the feathered avanyu. It is highlighted with yellow clay. There are additional wolf tracks below the other eagle feather with a realistic butterfly near the base. Take a moment and look closely at the eagle feathers and how they are etched into the clay and how he used clay to color the tips. AMAZING! The seedpot is signed on the bottom, “Joseph Lonewolf” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Needless to say, again, it is extraordinary!