Gonzales, Barbara – Red Canteen with Avanyu and Feather Designs (1990s)
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 one of her few red-fired pieces. The canteen has a red polished rim and medallion. The medallion is etched with a flower, avanyu, and feather designs. There are inset pieces of coral and turquoise as part of the design. The remainder of the piece is slipped with mica. The canteen was traditionally fired red. It is signed in the clay, “Than-Moo-Whe”, which is Barbara’s name in Tewa. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. There is a metal museum mount made for the canteen which places it at a slight angle.