Santa Clara miniature by Joseph Lonewolf

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Santa Clara miniature by Joseph Lonewolf

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1.62" diameter x 1.25" high

1993

ex: Packard's, Santa Fe; Private Collection, 1993

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Joseph Lonewolf (1932-2014) was recognized in his lifetime for his creativity and artistry. He was revolutionary in his introduction of sgraffito as well as incising techniques. Since then, many potters have utilized these methods, but he, along with his sister Grace Medicine Flower,  was the artist who first introduced these techniques to this market. He was the son of noted potter Camilio Tafoya and the nephew of Margaret Tafoya.

This pot is an early example of his work. Be sure to note the naturalistic nature of the design, focusing on deer in their naturalistic settings. The very small size of the pot offered Lonewolf a challenge, as it is much more difficult to execute these designs with these techniques in a small space.

Joseph Lonewolf was recognized and featured in numerous publications during his lifetime, and he was given many awards, including a SWAIA Lifetime Achievement Award.