SANCHEZ, RUSSELL | JAR
Russell Sanchez is a potter from San Ildefonso and is still active today. He was born in 1966 and at the age of 12 learned to pot from his Aunt Rose Gonzales. Russell was also very influenced by Tony and Popovi Da and Dora Tse-Pe, who is recognized by collectors worldwide. Russell today is an award-winning artist that continues to innovate in Contemporary American Indian Pottery.
Russell uniquely crafted this lidded jar which transformed from red into a beautiful dark brown which is achieved during the firing prosses. The lower neck is etched depicting the Avanyu which is a Tewa deity, “The Guardian of Water” which is a horned serpent which curved in multiple ways suggestive of flowing water. The midsection of the jar features Heishi and turquoise beads. Heishi is a drilled shell that is then ground into beads which are often used in jewelry making. The beads are encased in a copper leaf which pairs extremely well with the dark brown background of this lidded jar.
8″ X 5″ 1/2