Susan “Snowflake” Romero’s pottery is highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery. Many of her skills are ones that she learned from her father, Joseph Lonewolf. This seedpot has a realistic full-body antelope etched onto the top of the piece. There is exceptional precision and realism in the antelope. Note the realism of the clouds in the background! It is amazing how she is able to create them on the surface of the clay. Around the sides of the piece are two Mimbres antelope along with antelope tracks. Note also how Susan has etched her pottery. The polished red is the surface, and then she often etches just the polished area away to reveal the matte red and the going deeper, there is the tan of the clay. It is very complicated and time-consuming to etch in this manner! However, the results are exceptional. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay with her Tewa name, “Pho-sa-We”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.
Susan “Snowflake” Romero (b.1955) learned to etch her pottery from her father Joseph Lonewolf and signs her pieces with her Tewa name, “Pho-Sa-We” or “Snowflake.” Her pottery is highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery. Her technique of scratching the design into the surface of the clay allows her to create numerous levels by contrasting the color of the clay. The polished, red and tan matte coloration became her palate for the designs.