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Dora Tse-Pe learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law Rose Gonzales. She began making her own pottery in late 1970's. Her work continues to be inspired by the shaped and styles of Rose's pottery yet with Dora's distinctive high polish. Her pottery is signed on the bottom in the clay, "Dora Tse-Pe". Dora has won numerous awards for her work at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Indian Fair and her pottery can be found in numerous books, including "The Art of Clay" and "Legacy of Generations".

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Tse-Pe, Dora – Red Wedding Vase with Avanyu (1990)

This is one of the few wedding vases made by Dora Tse-Pe.  She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law Rose Gonzales and continued her work in a similar style of cameo carving. This vase has a water serpent (avanyu) carved around the shoulder of the piece.  There is a single inset piece of turquoise for the eye.  It is fully polished, as is the lower half of the wedding vase. The two spouts are slipped with a micaceous clay.  The contrast of the matte and polished surfaces work perfectly on this jar.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dora of San Ildefonso, 1990”.

$ 1,800.00
Tse-Pe, Dora – Large Bowl with Three Bear Medallions (1986)

This large bowl by Dora Tse-Pe is from 1986.  The bowl has three large medallions, each with a carved bear.  The bear in each is stone polished and surrounded by a row of turquoise hei-shi beads.  The remainder of the bowl is slipped with a mica clay.!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dora of San Ildefonso”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,600.00
Tse-Pe & Dora – Black & Sienna Bowl with Avanyu (1972)

Tse-Pe Gonzales and his wife, Dora, began working together around 1971.  Dora would make the pottery and Tse-Pe would etch the designs. This bowl is an exceptional piece of their pottery.  The piece is a round bowl and the design is an avanyu etched around the shoulder of the piece.  There is an inset piece of coral for the eye of the avanyu.  Above the back of the avanyu are clouds, which are two-tone in sienna.  Below the band of etched design, there is a single band of matte clay slip before the polished base of the bowl.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay “Tse-Pe and Dora”.    It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.   Tse-Pe and Dora worked individually from 1980-2000, but their early collaborative work remains innovative, creative and of the highest quality even compared to many of today’s potters.

$ 1,200.00
Tse-Pe, Dora – Bowl with Bear Medallion (1991)

This bowl by Dora Tse-Pe is from 1991.  The bowl is fully polished red with a central medallion.  The medallion has a carved bear in black surrounded by a mica slip.  There is a single band of turquoise hei-shi beads.  Check out the side views of the bowl, as you can see the cameo-style of carving for the bear!  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dora of San Ildefonso”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 1,200.00
Tse-Pe, Dora – Black & Sieanna Jar with Turquoise (1991)

This jar by Dora Tse-Pe is from 1991.  It is her classic highly polished surface. The jar itself is carved with an asymmetric opening.  The piece was fired a deep black and then it was two-toned to create the sienna medallion.  In the center of the medallion, there is an inset piece of turquoise.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dora of San Ildefonso 1991”.

$ 775.00
Tse-Pe, Dora – Black and Sienna Long Neck Jar (1982)

This jar by Dora Tse-Pe is from 1982.  It is a classic shape which was often used by her mother-in-law, Rose Gonzales.  The sharp shoulder and long neck create a delicate form.  Dora was renown not just for the shapes of her pottery, but especially her highly polished surfaces. The jar is fired black and the neck is two-tone making the piece “black and sienna”.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dora Tse-Pe ’82”.

$ 675.00
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Tse-Pe, Dora – Black & Sienna Bear Lid Jar

Dora Tse-Pe learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law, Rose Gonzales.  She is renowned for her beautifully formed and highly polished pottery.  This is one of her classic pieces.  It is a highly polished black bowl which has a sienna rim. The bear lid is coil built and has a ridge so that it sits inside the mouth of the bowl. It is simple and yet a classic for San Ildefonso pottery.  It is signed on the bottom, “Dora of San Ildefonso” and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.

$ 2,000.00 $ 1,750.00
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