Gonzales, Rose – Red Plate with Rain and Cloud Designs (1930s)
Rose Gonzales is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery. However, she also made painted pottery during the course of her career. This is one of her distinctive redware pieces. The plate is fully polished on the front and back. The design is a raincloud with rain and lightning designs. It is an early design of her painted work. It is signed on the back in the clay, “Rose”. It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is one rim chip and some light surface scratching. Rose’s legacy can certainly be seen in the work of Tse-Pe, Dora Tse-Pe, and Russell Sanchez.