Gonzales, Rose – Wedding Vase with Mountain Designs (1950s)
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 wedding vase is from the 1950s. It is painted with a plant design on two sides and a very intricate mountain design on the sides. Note the use of the linear elements for the mountains! The wedding vase is fully polished it is not often that we see a wedding vase by Rose. This piece is signed on the bottom in the clay “Rose”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. There are some scratches near the base of the piece. Rose’s legacy can certainly be seen in the work of Tse-Pe, Dora Tse-Pe, and Russell Sanchez.