Sanchez, Russell – Red & Black Bear with Checkerboard and Sun Design
Russell Sanchez continues to be one of the true innovators in Pueblo pottery. Each piece is perfectly coil built, stone polished and etched. This bear is one of his classic shapes. This bear is polished with a deep red clay slip. The front has a sun pattern with a black mica clay line design in the center. The sun pattern is one that is inspired by the early pottery of Tonita Roybal. The black of the bear has a black matte section along with a traditional San Ildefonso rain design. The bear has a heartline which is etched into the clay. The heartline which extends out from the mouth of the bear. The bear is a symbol of strength and the heartline is a traditional image used to symbolize the heart as the center of power in the animal. The eyes are turquoise. The bear is hollow as the piece is coil built. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.