Gonzales, Rose – Small Jar with Carved Avanyu
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 jar is both a classic shape and design. Rose carved her pottery with a “cameo” style where the design often seems to be carved right at the edge of the shoulder. Here the water serpent (avanyu) is in that position. The sharp edge of the jar and the long neck are both classics of her form. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed, “Rose” on the bottom in the clay.