Erik Fender Gunmetal Finish Avanyu Bowl


Item Number: DR 2152
Pueblo: San Ildefonso Pueblo
Artist: Erik Fender
Medium: Clay
Age: 2018
Dimensions: 5 ½” X 2 ½”



Erik is one of a very few potters who can achieve a consistency of success with a gunmetal finish, for it is quite difficult to stop the firing process at just the right time.

This small bowl has a large textured avanyu encircling the outside middle of the bowl, while the lower body is only the polished textured slip. Erik has textured the background of the Avanyu which gives dimension and relief to the upper portion of the bowl. The entire outside is a beautiful grey- black gunmetal color.

The inside is highly polished and silky smooth, a wonderful juxtaposition to the outside. The interior holds a large dragonfly in flight accompanied by two others.

Erik is a traditional potter. After gathering the clay collected around his home, Erik creates his pottery. He meticulously coils, scrapes, sands and polishes it. When the piece is dry, he selects the ancestral images mixed with some of his own creation to embellish his pottery by carefully painting each one in a thin mixture of the clay and water, known as slip.

Erik is able to manipulate the outdoor firing and a combination of ash, manure and heat to achieve an exceptional metallic appearance on the surface of his pottery.  The risk of breakage during the firing process remains very high. Through careful visual inspection, Erik knows just when the temperature is perfect for achieving the glossy gun metal finish.  The stunning and highly desirable visual results are an important cultural legacy for him.

Condition: Very Good – two rim chips have been professionally restored; this condition is reflected in the price.
Provenance: Purchased from the artist

Additional information

Weight 32 oz