Gonzales, Rose – Wedding Vase with Carved Avanyu (1970s)
WOW! This is a spectacular gunmetal-fired wedding vase by Rose Gonzales. She is often considered the first at San Ildefonso Pueblo to make carved pottery. This piece is coil built, carved, and stone polished. Around the top of the shoulder is a carved avanyu in her classic cameo style. The entire piece is fully polished, even the handle! The piece was fired to a near gunmetal coloration. Rose was known for her firings and being able to achieve a gunmetal coloration. The vase is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Rose”. Rose’s legacy can certainly be seen in the work of Tse-Pe, Dora Tse-Pe and Russell Sanchez.