Eagle Dreams Goes to New Home
It is with mixed feelings I send The Miniature Seed Pot, “Eagle Dreams” to it’s new home. This piece was one of the first three created after the seed pot inspiration came to me. From the collection I have offered so far, it is the most difficult design to assemble. (Below, I have provided some provenance on the Miniature Seed Pots)
Lew Jensen was introduced to my seed pot idea when there only three pieces in the series. He told me that he had to have this particular one as soon as I showed it to him. I asked him to allow me to enter in a series of art shows before he too possession of it, which he was gracious to do.
Lew has been a constant support for my works and saw in me a future I could not comprehend in my beginning days as a carving artist. I will always be grateful beyond words for his inspiration, belief in me, and patronage. Lew, I hope you will find the same enjoyment in owning “Eagle Dreams” as I did in it’s creation.
During a November 2011 visit to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico I found a book published by the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona which contains photographs of miniature silver seed pots collected by Norman L. Sandfield throughout his life. Mr. Sandfield’s accumulated seed pots are nearly all less than 3 inches in diameter and were crafted by Native artists from all over the North American continent. After viewing a few of these pages in this book I was overwhelmed with the idea that I should apply my new inlay idea to creating my own individual twist on this idea of miniature seed pots. Following the under 3 inch theme, I began crafting vessels from tiny gourds. Designing them with Native American inspired themes and decorating them with carved eggshells such as ostrich, emu, and rhea. Future pieces will be themed after other cultures I have experienced in life, such as Killarney Wood from Ireland and the flora and fauna of the Philippines.
When pre-industrial era Native Americans made their pots they were utilitarian in form and function. Often, the method of creation remained to be seen by the inquisitive eye. During my creative processes, I mark the gourds and eggshells to help with the layout. In keeping with the utilitarian idea of hand formed pots, I have purposely left some indications of the creative process and if one looks closely there can be seen hints of how these seed pots were formed.
One of the most difficult tasks in this process is inlaying or attaching an object which contains a compound arc into a second object which is a different size and shaped compound arc. Collectively, there are many different techniques used such as pyrography, carving, inlay, painting and wood staining. And as a personal touch for the pots I craft, each on contains a collection of seeds from the miniature gourds that are the bases for each vessel.