Universally acknowledged as one of the best potters working today, Joseph is a top award-winning artist who creates some of the finest traditional, polychrome works.
Here, he departed from the imposingly large ollas for which he is noted – and from collaborating with his wife, Barbara, who usually paints his pieces.
Unusually, this effigy-handled cup is his work, alone.
Joseph likes to research historical pots for ideas. Of a good size, this piece is inspired by ages-old pieces.
The yucca leaf design in black on white is very traditional to Acoma Pueblo; the delightful, sculpted jaguar handle is a throwback to earlier civilizations in the area.
Note the almost perfect form of the cup – it is so even all around – a typical Joseph Cerno element.
The polychrome jaguar is pigmented with natural clay and plant colors. His face and tail are highly detailed.
His spots harmonize beautifully with the all-over yucca-leaf pattern, creating a lively energy.
A fine example of pottery-making, and an arresting design of historical interest.
This is a rare example of a solo piece by this recognized and much honored master potter.
A wonderful collector’s piece.