Gonzales, Rose – Long Neck Jar with Avanyu (1970s)
This is a striking long neck jar by Rose Gonzales. She is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery. This form is one of her classic shape with an elongated neck and a sharp shoulder. There is a cloud design around the neck and it is fully polished. The area below is matte while the avanyu (water serpent), which is carved around the shoulder, is also highly polished. The jar is fired to a very high shine, so that there is a striking contrast to the matte and polished areas. The high shine can be especially seen below the shoulder, where there are areas which are gunmetal (almost a metallic in appearance). The jar is from the 1970’s and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rose”. Rose’s legacy and influence can certainly be seen in the work of Tse-Pe, Dora Tse-Pe and Russell Sanchez.