This unique cafe-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful clay pot handcrafted by award-winning San Ildefonso Pueblo potter Erik Fender. Fender hand-coiled and sculpted the original according to age-old methods and fired it using San Ildefonso's characteristic outdoor kiln and smothering technique, which produces the piece's rich black color. He then added his own personal touches in the form of turquoise accents, whose colors shine in this design. While the original clay piece is already at home in a permanent collection in Albuquerque, this replica is a great gift idea and a meaningful way to bring traditional Pueblo pottery designs into your everyday life.
Holds: 16 oz
Size: 3.25" W x 6" H x 4.5" L
Not dishwasher or microwave safe
About the Artist
Erik Fender (Than Tsideh or Sunbird, born 1970) is a highly skilled and creative potter from San Ildefonso Pueblo. His work has been influenced by his mother, Martha Appleleaf, and his grandmother, legendary potter Carmelita Dunlap.
Over the years Fender has worked in a variety of styles both traditional and contemporary, including polychrome, black-on-black, and black-on-red with sgraffito carving. He is also known for his innovative green-on-black and green-on-red vessels. His designs often include traditional feather patterns as well as his own contemporary interpretations of petroglyphs and animal forms.
All of Fender's work is made by hand with clay gathered from San Ildefonso Pueblo and constructed using the traditional coil method. Also a talented painter and sculptor, he has won First Place awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and other prestigious shows.