This gorgeous vessel by award winning Erik Fender is a unique piece of pottery with a sterling silver lid accented with turquoise cabochons. This jar is highly polished black ware with the flat black matte slip on the lower body consisting of designs of feathers and other geometric symbols. The rim of the vessel is accented with hand placed turquoise cabochons set in straight sterling silver bezels. Each of the cabochons has a small sienna accent behind it. This sienna color is achieved by burning the finished area.
The sterling silver lid is quite unique. Lids are extremely difficult to make. When the piece of pottery is fired, the clay shrinks a little bit. The lid must be created to sit on the rim just right. Erik has tufa cast this lid with careful precision with accents of raindrops, and geometric lines. As with the jar, there are four turquoise cabochons set with straight bezels to correspond with the stones on the rim of the pot. The lid stands three inches tall and is three inches wide. The top is finished with three inverted triangles.
This masterfully created piece is quite striking with the sterling silver lid and the turquoise cabs set against the highly polished black on black jar. It is signed on the bottom with the artist’s name: Than Tsideh.
Erik’s work displays such high-level skills in both traditional and innovative techniques and designs. The polish on his pieces has a mirror like quality, which serves to accent the shapes of the vessels. He continues to create the highest quality traditionally made Native American pottery and jewelry.
Condition: Excellent – original condition – new
Provenance: Purchased from Erik