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SOLD at 2013 Sep 28 @ 03:12UTC-7 : PDT/MST
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From the Nick and Suzanne Nicholas Collection we have a Jicarilla Apache Nation Micaceous Bowl by Sheldon Nunez Velarde, measures 4.5''H x 5.5''D, features a very unique black micaceous clay turtle lid with suede leather strap handle, turtle has sgraffito geometric designs on shell, very tight fitting lid, signed on bottom by artist, exquisite piece, Sheldon Nunuz-Velarde (Jicarilla Apache) was always attracted to the old blacken used micaceous vessels stored in his grandmother's curio cabinet. As a child, he thought the mica flecks in the pots were pretty and shiny. At that time his grandmother could only remember her grandmother making pottery. No one in his family knew how to make pottery anymore. Sheldon had a calling at age 13 and became determined to make pottery. By chance, he got a summer youth job working at the old Cultural Resource Center in Dulce where he learned how to make micaceous pottery from Mrs. Lydia Pesata a well-known Jicarilla Traditional Artist, and with guidance from Felipe Ortega, who is also a well-known Micaceous Potter of Jicarilla decent. Sheldon gathers micacous clay from the Jicarilla Apache reservation; hand coils each pot and fires it outside in the traditional way. He has become an accomplished and highly recognized contemporary potter receiving numerous awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Southwest Indian Art Market, and New Mexico State Fair.