Clan Animal Vase
This clay pot features the nine clan animals of the Iroquois. Wheel thrown by Onondaga artist Pete Jones. Jones began working the clay at age seven, encouraged by both his parents. At the age of fourteen, he enrolled at the then-fledgling Institute of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is well known for his perceptive clay sculptures, but calls his pots his "bread and butter." These pots are white clay, etched with images from his cultural heritage and enhanced with colorful glazes. He is well known for his clan animal pots. Jones’ sculpture has earned him commissions including two monumental bronzes in Akron, Ohio. His work has been exhibited widely and is in the collections of the Heard Museum, MFA in Boston, Everson Museum, Museums of Anthropology in Berlin and Frankfurt and the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY. H: 6.50"