Sanchez, Russell – Gunmetal Jar with Cloud Designs and Lid
This is a very intricately designed bowl by Russell Sanchez. The rim is polished with mica to create a very high sheen. The sides are etched with a classic triangular cloud design. The “op-art” appearance of the row and angles of the design on a round surface are striking. As well, the highly polished surface add to the impact of the light reflecting off the sides of the bowl. There are two medallions, each highly polished. They are each incised (before firing!) with two very intricately designed San Ildefonso birds. Note the use of the same triangular design in both of the birds! The medallions are surrounded by two bands of hematite hei-shi beads. They are nearly silver in coloration and complement the metallic appearance of the bowl after the firing. It has a gunmetal metallic shine. This is one of those pieces that is not only visually impressive, but there is a tactile aspect. Where one might expect the mica to have texture, it is so highly burnished it is perfectly smooth! The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Russell”.