Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Black Pottery by Erik Fender (Than Tsideh)

Than Tsideh (Erik Sunbird Fender) black -on-black pottery vase, circa 2011
San Ildefonso (pronounced San Ill-day-fon-so) is one of the smallest in population, but one of the best known New Mexico Pueblos because of the famous black-on-black pottery which originated there and helped revive their floundering economy in the 1920's.    I will have much more to say about this pueblo, but it has been a while since I've personally visited so I want to go again to update my information base.  Than Tsideh (Erik Sunbird Fender) is one San Idelfonso's sensational contemporary potters.