Russell Sanchez has been working for months on this new remarkable water jar. He was inspired by Ignacia Sanchez, his great-grandmother. Old style buffalo dancers, coming over the hills are depicted. On the neck, there are sixteen gourd indentations.

It has a wide shoulder, and the incised imagery is different all around the jar. Very few potters could create such a remarkable neck. Each area on this raindrop rim is embedded with dots of hematite. We have photographed that opening up close, you can see the superb workmanship. Four strands of hematite heishi are used as a border above and below the incised shoulder. The bottom quadrant of the jar is beautifully ribbed. Notice the symmetry of the black mica bands, that compliment that remarkable mica opening. Everything fits together so nicely. The jar has a fantastic gun metal finish. A warm glow on the entire jar is the result of that firing. This is an exceptional new hand coiled creation from Russell. It’s so exciting to see how far he can go with design work, using all traditional methods.

8” high by 8 ½” wide

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