Sanchez, Russell – Four-Color Double Lobe Jar with Waterfall Rim
This is an exceptional revival of a historic shape by Russell Sanchez. The shape of the jar is a “double lobe”. It is technically difficult to make as the coiling has to round in and out to create each of the “bowls” which seem to be sitting on each other. Historically, these are inspired by cooking vessels which were set on top of each other. The bottom section of this jar has angular carved eagle feathers swirling around the piece. They are polished black and the area at the very base is polished a light red. Above the feathers is a checkerboard band representing corn alternating polished deep red and matte. The center band, which Russell said was very difficult to polish, is light red coloration. The top “lobe” or bowl of the jar is polished a very deep red. There are three designs which he has etched to encircle the jar. They range from a koshari to Early San Ildefonso inspired sun and rain designs. Above and below the center band are checkerboard snow patterns in both black and light red. Finally, the neck is polished black and the rim is a deep red. The inside of the rim has been carved with melon style ribs creating Russell’s distinctive “waterfall rim”. There are so many technical aspects to the creation of this jar, from numerous clays to the form itself. However, the final result is visually striking and very unusual. The jar is signed on the base in the clay. Once again Russell harkens to historic San Idlefonso designs and stories and uses them for his own contemporary work.