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Ramona Gonzales was one of the early potters, along with Maria Martinez; she helped promote the black-on-black pottery of San Ildefonso Pueblo. She was the stepmother of Blue Corn & Lorenzo Gonzales and the mother-in-law of Rose Gonzales, whom she taught to make pottery. Her innovative pottery included black-on-black ware and more intricate polychrome and red-on-red painted vessels. Her work is among the most difficult to find, as she signed her pieces briefly before passing in 1934. Her innovative style continues in her descendants, such as Tse-Pe Gonzales (1940-2000) and Russell Sanchez.