Gonzales, Tse-Pe – Large Terrace Bowl with Bear and Avanyu (1990s)
Tse-Pe Gonzales was a son of noted potter Rose Gonzales. This is one of the larger pieces we have had of his work. It is a traditional terrace bowl. The shape has a step design on one side, which represents the mountains. The bowl represents the lake below the mountains. This is a classic shape in San Ildefonso pottery. This piece is slipped with mica and there is a bear on the terrace side. The bear has an inset bead for the eye. Surrounding the bowl has an avanyu (water serpent) encircling the piece. It has a turquoise bead for the eye. The entire piece is slipped with mica, which gives it a beautiful sparkle and coloration. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay with Tse-Pe’s hallmark, “TP”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.