Free Form Shape Rainbow Color Small Pottery Jar with Hieshe by Russell Sanchez of San Ildefonso Pueblo [SOLD]

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Russell Sanchez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter

San Ildefonso Pueblo artist Russell Sanchez created a free-form shape pottery vessel that is globular but raised on one side of the rim.  On the lower side of the rim there are three rows of micaceous clay flowing from the rim down the vessel wall as from an erupting volcano.  There are three colors of clay—red, purple and green—each color separated from the adjoining one with a string of the finest hieshe imbedded into the clay. The hieshe swirls around the body in wave-like form.  This jar was made in 2001.

ARtist Signature - Russell Sanchez, San Ildefonso Pueblo PotterRussell Sanchez (1966-) is recognized as one of the major innovators of pueblo pottery and quite possibly the finest potter of this style living today.  His restless imagination is a key to his success in creating a never-ending variety of work. He is not an artist who repeats the same shape and style over and over but an artist whose imagination pours forth with new ideas—ideas, Russell says, that are determined by the clay.  The start of every pottery vessel is in his hands but the outcome is dictated by what direction the clay takes. Mother Earth is his collaborator.


Condition: this Free Form Shape Rainbow Color Small Pottery Jar with Hieshe by Russell Sanchez of San Ildefonso Pueblo is in original condition

Provenance: from a collection of contemporary pottery of a family from New Jersey

Recommended Reading: Art of Clay: Timeless Pottery of the Southwest by Lee M. Cohen

Relative Links: Abel SanchezRose GonzalesSouthwest Indian PotterySan Ildefonso PuebloContemporary PotteryTony DaPopovi DaRussell Sanchez


Russell Sanchez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter
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