Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – Large “Pueblo Stories” Seedpot
This is an exceptional large seedpot by Susan “Snowflake” Romero. She is known for her highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery. Many of her skills are ones that she learned from her father, Joseph Lonewolf. This seedpot starts with the scene on the top. There is a village elder telling stories to children. As the seedpot is turned, there are each of the various stories which are being told. There is one with a man fighting a bear, another with men climbing from the third world to the fourth world, The black mesa, and the Turkey Girl. Each of these are important parts of Santa Clara culture. Over the older male telling the stories, there is also an etched avanyu. It is a very complex piece for the size. 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.