Gonzales, Ramona Sanchez – Plate with Bird Design (1920’s)
This is a striking painted plate or open bowl by Ramona Gonzales. Ramona was known for her delicately painted pottery. This plate is almost more like an open bowl. It is fully polished on the front and back. If it is considered a “plate”, check out the article in the Native American Art Magazine Vol 39, #3 which discusses plates in Pueblo pottery. The ones by Ramona which are fully polished front and back are earlier than the ones which are matte on the back. This piece has a bird design that encompasses nearly the entire surface with the head extending up to the rim. The polished background and matte painted designs work perfectly on this piece. It is signed on the back in the clay, “Ramona”. It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. There is some wear on the surface. This is definitely an important piece of her pottery.