Erik Fender, Than Tsideh “Sunbird”, was born in 1970 into the San Ildefonso Pueblo. He was born into an illustrious potting family; his great-aunt was the legendary Maria Martinez. At age 10, Eric began creating pottery with his mother Martha Appleleaf and grandmother Carmelita Dunlap, watching her as she would hand coil and hand paint her traditional black-on-black pottery. At 22 he apprenticed himself to his mother to learn the traditional styles and designs of San Ildefonso pottery. His style progressed from the traditional black-on-black pottery to an innovative two-tone, black-on-red, separated by sgraffito low relief carving. He also makes beautiful polychrome pots and presently he specializes in green-on-black pots. Over the years he has won numerous awards at the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show and the Santa Fe Indian Market.
Measures 3 1/4" tall x 4 1/2" wide. Signed on the bottom.