Joseph Lonewolf (1932 – 2014)

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Book:  The Pottery Jewels of Joseph Lonewolf

Joseph Lonewolf, nephew of Margaret Tafoya, was born in 1932 and is from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico.  Lonewolf started a career as a mechanic and then became a trained machinist, making precision parts with fine engraving.  It was this skill that he used to transfer his talent from mechanical objects to precision-carved pottery


In 1971, Lonewolf returned to Santa Clara Pueblo and put his skills to making pottery as had been taught to him by his mother, Agapita Silva Tafoya.  His father, Camilio Tafoya, had taken him as a child into the mountains where he witnessed petroglyphs carved into caves and on walls of cliffs.  Lonewolf took the lessons of his mother and field trips with his father and combined the two to arrive at intricately-carved designs on pottery.   If any potter has mastered the technique of sgraffito pottery, it must be agreed that it is Joseph Lonewolf as he creates the finest designs in sgraffito ever put on the face of a pottery vessel.


Picture of Joseph Lonewolf Santa Clara Pueblo

Photo of Joseph lonewolf courtesy of Rick Dillingham in his book: Fourteen Families In Pueblo Pottery.

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