Gonzales, Cavan – Polychrome Water Jar with Plant Designs
This is a large water jar by Cavan Gonzales. He is a descendant of Maria Martinez, through her son Adam Martinez. Cavan is one of the few potters today who continues to make traditional polychrome pottery. This jar is painted black-on-tan above the shoulder with a plant design. There are cloud and rain patterns also in black. Below the shoulder the jar is polished to a high shine. There are etched cloud, rain and plant patterns in the red area. There are coral insets around the neck of the jar and a band of hei-shi beads around the shoulder. Below the shoulder in the red polished area there are inset turquoise stones connected with each of the etched designs. The jar has been traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom in the clay.