Nez, Wallace – Sgraffito Seedpot with Butterfly and Hummingbirds (1999)
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 seedpot is extraordinary in its detail. On the top, there are sections etched with realistic hummingbirds and a butterfly. There are very, very tiny feathers etched into the clay. There is also a sun design with eagle feathers. On the side, it is also etched with very thin feathers and six large eagles. The piece has incredible detail and precision! It seems to be one of those pieces that the more you look, the more detail and design you see! The piece is signed on the bottom “Wallace Nez”. It is from 1999. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.