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 the age of 17 he won an award in a Congressional Art competition. That award has led to experimentation with different clays and techniques to produce new colors on his 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.
He harvests his clumps of raw clay from the sacred grounds within the San Ildefonso Pueblo. Then, Erik breaks the clumps of clay to a fine powder substance and mixes it with volcanic ash and water. Once that process is complete, he hand coils snake like forms and begins to construct his vessel. When the vessel is built it is set out to dry. Then he sands it down to smooth out the surface, stone polishes it and hand paints his designs with all natural paints which are all boiled from native vegetation grown in the Pueblo.
Over the years he has won numerous awards at the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show and the Santa Fe Indian Market.
Recently, Eric has branched out into jewelry, creating beautiful tufa-cast bracelets.
Large Rag Polished Mica Polychrome Pot by Erik Fender - San Ildefanso PuebloPrice$3,600.00
Black on Black Medium Low Pot by Erik FenderPrice$2,550.00
Wide Feather Black on Black Storage Jar Pot by Erik FenderPrice$6,400.00
National Pilot Mountain Turquoise & S. Silver Lightning Cuff by Erik FenderPrice$975.00
Greek Key w/ Dots Sterling Silver Cuff by Erik FenderPrice$1,200.00
Repossee 3 Stone Morenci Turquoise & Sterling Silver Cuff by Erik FenderPrice$800.00
Sterling Silver Tufa Dragonfly Over Rio Grande Cuff by Erik FenderPrice$850.00
Sterling Silver Tufa Low Relief Water Serpent Cuff by Erik FenderPrice$1,200.00
Black on Black Wide Feather Geometric Jar Pot by Erik FenderPrice$1,200.00
Black on Black Water Serpent Pot by Erik FenderPrice$1,600.00
S.S Tufa Cuff w/ Star Shot 13x & Round Natural Bisbee Turquoise by Erik FenderPrice$325.00
SS Tufa Cloud Maven Pendant w/ Carved Bone Face, Coral, Turquoise by Erik FenderPrice$1,500.00
S. Silver Tufa Open Design Cuff w/ Natural Kingman Turquoise by Erik FendePrice$700.00
S. Silver Tufa Geometric Cuff w/ Oval Natural Bisbee Turquoise by Erik FenderPrice$800.00
Sterling Silver Tufa Triple Wave w/ Natural Bisbee Turquoise Cuff by Erik FenderPrice$900.00
Sterling Silver Tufa Water Serpent Cuff by Erik FenderPrice$800.00
Sterling Silver Tufa Pottery Design w/ Feather Cuff by Erik FenderPrice$500.00
Green on Black Wave Vase by Erik Fender, San Ildefonso PuebloOut of stock