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Rose Gonzales

Rose Gonzales was one of the early innovators of deeply carved pottery at San Ildefonso pueblo in the 1930’s. She was originally from San Juan Pueblo and married Robert Gonzales in 1920. Her carved pottery was a cameo in appearance as it is not deep and ends on the sharp edge of her pottery.  She was the mother of Tse-Pe Gonzales and taught him and his wife, Dora Tse-Pe to make pottery.  She was also the great-aunt of Russell Sanchez and taught him to make pottery.  Over the years, she won numerous awards for her pottery and her distinctive designs and highly burnished surfaces.