Recently my work has taken an interesting new direction and I have become intrigued by and drawn to Native American Zuni fetishes. The spiritual meaning of their work is captivating.
After collecting several hand-carved fetishes from Santa Fe, I have found a way to celebrate these carvings by incorporating them into a series of my hand-thrown wood fired jars.
The collaboration with brothers Salvador and Wilson Romero and their carvings has resulted in each finished piece having more meaning and purpose.
A common stone carving I am attracted to is the bear. The Zuni believe the bear represents strength, courage, and healing. Smaller natural embellishments bring the bear to life.
“The stone has the animal in it. I just find it.”
Salvador Romero is a native Zuni. He searches the land near Santa Fe, New Mexico at Cochiti Pueblo for the proper stones, giving each piece a distinctive look. The search takes longer than the carving.