Gonzales, Rose – Jar with Bird Wing and Cloud Designs (1930s)
Rose Gonzales is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery. However, over the course of her career, she created a variety of styles including plainware, painted, and carved pottery. This is one of the lightest weight and thinnest walled pieces of hers I have had in the gallery. The jar has her classic sharp shoulder and a sloping neck. The design is a bird wing and cloud pattern that encirclings the jar. It is fired black with areas of gunmetal coloration from the heat. This piece is signed on the bottom in the clay “Rose”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Rose’s legacy can certainly be seen in the work of Tse-Pe, Dora Tse-Pe, and Russell Sanchez.