Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – Multi-Color Seedpot with Deer & Mimbres Deer
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 deer on one side of the piece. It is surrounded by mountains. As the piece is turned, there are incised areas with deer tracks and a Mimbres deer opposite the realistic one. This is one of the few pieces in which Susan added additional clay slips. There are blue and white clay slips that highlight the deer tracks and the Mimbres deer. In terms of process, the entire surface is polished red. Then she often etches just the polished area away to reveal the matte red and 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.