San Ildefonso Small Long-Necked Red Polished Vase by Russell Sanchez
Russell Sanchez holds an increasingly unique place among collectors of fine contemporary pueblo pottery. Russell was born in San Ildefonso Pueblo in 1966 and has lived there all his life. The grandson of renowned painter Abel Sanchez, he credits his Aunt Rose Gonzales as his main pottery teacher with Tony and Popovi Da and Dora Tse Pe as important influences. He is driven to perfection and grounded in traditional San Ildefonso pottery methods, yet has an adventurous artistic spirit. His work ranges from traditional Tewa forms to bold experiments in color, form and material. He is known for precision in stone polishing and incising and uses the highest grade turquoise and Heishe shell in many of his pieces. In addition to traditional slips, he is always on the lookout for new natural colored clays as he rafts and hikes in New Mexico. Russell has been the recipient of countless major pottery awards at Santa Fe’s Indian Market and the Heard Museum Show. His work is in many public and private collections including the Smithsonian and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture among others. It is a privilege to have Russell’s pottery in our gallery.
Russell made sure I understood that this exceptional vase was small, but not a miniature. Nonetheless, the exquisite form, polish and incising of the Avanyu (water serpent) are beautiful and astonishing in such a small vase. The long neck form is one that Russell's Aunt Rose Gonzales mastered, but this vase is all Russell. Four strands of fine Heishe shell and the high grade Kingman turquoise eye on the serpent are trademarks. His signature dots are a graceful and subtle touch. Gorgeous small vase.
Size: 3 1/4″ tall by 2″ diameter
Provenance: ex-collection of the artist