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 Mimbres deer, antelope, and Big Horn sheep. Below each of the animals is a Mimbres style bird. Around the animals and separating them are clouds. Susan’s clouds are always amazing, as she perfectly etches them to create a sense of realism in contrast to the other imagery. 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. 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.
Susan “Snowflake” Romero (b.1955) learned to etch her pottery from her father Joseph Lonewolf and signs her pieces with her Tewa name, “Pho-Sa-We” or “Snowflake.” Her pottery is highly polished and intricately etched with detailed imagery. Her technique of scratching the design into the surface of the clay allows her to create numerous levels by contrasting the color of the clay. The polished, red and tan matte coloration became her palate for the designs.