Gonzales, Cavan – Black Jar with Feather and Geometric Designs, Turquoise and Coral

7"w x 6"h

$ 1,000.00

This is a large highly polished jar by Cavan Gonzales. He is a descendant of Maria Martinez, through her son Adam Martinez and the son of Barbara Gonzales.  Cavan is one of the few potters today who continues to make traditional San Ildefonso polychrome pottery.  This piece is coil-built, thin-walled, and fully polished.  It is painted with a feather, rain, and cloud design.  Note the precision of the painting!  There are small tadpoles painted near the base of the jar.  The piece was traditionally fired black-on-black and then inset with coral and turquoise after the firing.  The jar is a striking shape with a low shoulder that accentuates the painted designs.  It is signed on the bottom, “Cavan Gonzales Eagle Tail”.  “Eagle Tail” is a translation of his name in Tewa.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repairs.