Gonzales, Barbara – Black and Sienna Bowl with Avanyu & Stones (2003)

4.5"w x 2.25"h

$ 800.00

Barbara Gonzales is a great-great-granddaughter of Maria Martinez.  She is known for her innovative pottery which combines etched designs with inset stones.  This is a classic bowl that is coil-built and highly stone polished. The bowl was fired to a glassy black and then it was designed. The bowl has a water serpent (avanyu) encircling the piece.  The avanyu has clouds above it and behind it is Barbara’s signature spider web.  Below the shoulder is a single etched spider. The designs are etched into the clay and then areas are highlighted to make the bowl black-and-sienna in coloration.  It is a male spider with an inset piece of deep turquoise.  Barbara says she uses spiders as they are good luck symbols.  There are additional coral and turquoise insets throughout the piece.  The bottom of the piece is signed in the clay, “Than-Moo-Whe”, which is her name in Tewa.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.