Gonzales, Ramona Sanchez – Plate with Field and Cloud Design (1920’s)
This is a fascinating plate by Ramona Gonzales. Ramona was known for her delicately painted pottery. This plate is from the late 1920s. Check out the article in the Native American Art Magazine Vol 39, #3 which discusses the origination of 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 is polished on the front and matte on the back. The design is an unusual composition with a triangular design in the center. I’ve seen some similar styles in the work of Tonita Roybal and Rose Gonzales from a similar period. It has patchwork lines that emanate out toward the cloud or mountain imagery near the rim. While traditional design elements, the composition has a very modernist appearance. It is signed on the back in the clay, “Ramona”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. This is definitely an important piece of her pottery. The last photo is one of Juan and Ramona Gonzales in the mid-1920s.