Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – “Catching Fish” 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 is fully polished and fully designed. On the sides there are hands reaching into the water to catch some fish. On the top, there are six Mimbres fish. The hands have caught two of the fish. Each of the fish is different in style and the designs on their bodies. Note the various colorations, as Susan often etches just the polished area away to reveal the matte-red, and going deeper, there is the tan of the clay. The tan areas on this piece have some angular incised areas that create both design and texture. 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.