Nez, Wallace – Sgraffito Jar with Butterflies and Butterfly Lid (2006)
Wallace Nez is known for his intricately etched pottery. He began to make pottery when he was 12 years old. He won first place ribbons at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 1999, 2000, and 2001 and Best of Division at the Museum of Northern Arizona Market Show in 1999. This tall seedpot has amazingly intricate designs etched into the clay. There are four medallions, each with a different butterfly. Surrounding them are very intricate stylized designs. Near the base there are larger etched butterflies. The lid is tiny and fits perfectly. It is etched with two butterflies. It is all so intricately and delicately designed, it is quite extraordinary! The piece is signed on the bottom “Wallace Nez” with the date of 2006.