Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – “Bring Forth The Corn” Seedpot
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 tells the Story of the Corn and Rain. The design begins with the Flute Player, calling forth the rain for the corn. There is an Antelope Dancer and behind him is a large raincloud. Next is the corn stalk with the birds above it. Finally, there is another Antelope Dancer, surrounded by clouds, preparing to call forth the Flute Player to start the cycle of prosperity again. 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 perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair and signed on the bottom.