Romero, Susan “Snowflake” – Seedpot with Eight Mimbres Butterflies
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 round shape and there is a prayer feather in the center. The feather has a swirling shape in the center of the piece. It is surrounded by eight Mimbres butterflies. Each of them is lightly etched into the clay and each is different in design. The sides are lightly etched with mesa and cloud designs. Susan 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 excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.