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Rosemary Apple Blossom Lonewolf is an American Indian artist, lecturer, and teacher, enrolled in the Santa Clara Pueblo (Tewa) tribe, located in northern New Mexico, USA. Ms. Lonewolf contributed the foreword to the Wisdom Tales book Whispers of the Wolf, written and illustrated by Pauline Ts’o.

With her father, Joseph Lonewolf, and his sister, Grace Medicine Flower, as her expert teachers, Rosemary began her art career learning the family tradition of the 2000-year-old art of pueblo pottery making at the young age of 18. Potting under her Tewa name of Apple Blossom, Rosemary produces her native clay pots using traditional geometric designs, historical trends and natural environment as her subject matter. Rosemary states, “My work evolved to become a visual journal, documenting my personal experiences as a contemporary Tewa woman.”

Although Rosemary has worked in different mediums (tile murals, watercolors, oil pastels, monoprints, etchings, and designing pedestrian bridges), her primary medium of expression is clay. “I feel the energy flowing in the clay which allows me to instinctively form and sculpt an image rather than draw it. I work closely with structural engineers in transforming my small, palm-sized clay models into monumental steel structures [e.g. the Isaac Pedestrian bridge in Phoenix, AZ, and the Basket Bridgein Tucson, AZ] . . .” Lonewolf’s bronze castings are another example of her sculpted clay work transformed into a new artistic medium of expression.

Rosemary’s artwork is included in the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the New Mexico Museum of Indian Art & Culture. The Heard Museum commissioned her to collaborate with a native glass artist to create their 38-foot (long) by 8-foot (high) entryway piece.

Ms. Lonewolf is also a gifted lecturer and teacher. She has been a Ceramic Instructor & Artist in Residence at Harvard University and lectured at Princeton University. More recently, a 2010 residency at the Pottery Workshop in Jindezhen, P. R. of China gave her the opportunity to lecture to the students at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. “It is a pleasure to share my art and my tribal traditions with an appreciative international audience in these culture exchanges,” she comments.

Ms. Lonewolf continues to reside at Santa Clara Pueblo with her extended family.



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