Gonzales, Tse-Pe – Black-and-Sienna Bowl with Figure and Silver Lid (1980s)
Tse-Pe Gonzales was a son of noted potter Rose Gonzales. This is an unusual piece of his work. It is a bowl with an etched figure he would often use in his designs. The face of the figure, the feather, and the bear paw in front of the figure are all re-heated in a “two-tone” black and sienna coloration. There is an inset piece of turquoise in the sunface on the side of the medallions. The interesting part to the piece is the silver lid. Tse-Pe took a class to learn to make jewelry in the 1970s and often incorporated silver into his work. This bowl has a silver lid with an elongated handle and a piece of turquoise on the very top. It has a band of silver so it rests inside the bowl and note the nice bezel as well around the stone. It is signed on the bottom “TP” which is his hallmark. There is a number “38” also etched into the bottom. Tse-Pe was keeping a numerical count of his pieces, much like Joseph Lonewolf did with his pottery with the codes on the bottom of his pottery. However, I’ve only seen it on earlier pieces of his individual work (right after he divorced Dora Tse-Pe) and then he began using a more stylized hallmark. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Definitely a creative and unusual piece of his pottery!