Sanchez, Russell – Polychrome Jar with Avanyu

4.25"w x 4.5"h

$ 4,800.00

This is a creative polychrome jar by Russell Sanchez.   He continues to be one of the true innovators and revivalists in Pueblo pottery.  Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished, and etched.  This jar has a red polished interior rim.  The neck of the jar is polished black and below is a band of copper leafing.  Above and below the copper leafing are inset hematite beads.  Around the body of the jar is an avanyu etched into the clay.  The avanyu is polished white and highlighted with red clay along its back.  Russell says he was inspired by this style in the polychrome pottery of Maria Martinez & Popovi Da (see last two photos).  The avanyu has a turquoise inset eye.  Below the avanyu the jar is another band of copper leafing along with two inset bands of hematite beads.  The base of the jar is fully polished red.  The colorations of black, red, and white are all seen in San Ildefonso pottery from the 1880s to about 1920.  His deep red clay is another recent addition to his clay art starting around 2005.  As Russell continues to innovate from historic designs, he says, “Tradition means moving forward and adding to it. You keep moving forward.  If we stayed stagnant we would no longer exist.”  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Russell”.  It is exciting to see how this imagery is not new but Russell’s reinterpretation of it both modernizes and revives.