Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – Mimbres and Realistic Dragonflies Seedpot (1980s)
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 this piece, all the etching was done before the piece was fired. On the top is a realistic dragonfly. Around the sides are five Mimbres-style dragonflies, along with smaller double-wing geometric dragonflies. It is a complex piece and as she did the sgraffito before it was fired, there is both a great color and texture to the tan areas. In-person, the seedpot is striking in appearance and design. 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.