Sanchez, Russell – Red and Black Jar with Carved Ribs and Lid
This is a Simple but elegant bowl by Russell Sanchez. He continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery. Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched. The top of this bowl is carved with hard melon ribs. Each rib extends to the mouth of the piece with a narrow edge. Each rib is stone polished black. The lower sections of the bowl are polished a deep red. Around the side is a checkerboard snow design in black and tan. The deep red color is a revival by Russell as it is the same red clay slip which was used at San Ildefonso in the 1920’s and 30’s. Separating the various bands on the side of the jar is inset hematite hei-shi beads. Note how small they are and the shine! The lid is polished deep red with a single inset band of hei-shi beads. The shape, creative design and highly polished surface are striking on this piece. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.