Beautifully crafted clay vase by artist Onondaga 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 his pots he calls his bread and butter. These pots are of a white clay, etched with images from his cultural heritage and enhanced with colorful glazes. In this pot, he features the sky dome motif, with the celestial tree above the dome and the tree of peace under the dome. This image was often beaded on women's wool skirts and leggings as well as men's wool leggings and breach cloths. 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"