Pena, Isabel – Red & Tan Carved Plate with Avanyu (1930’s)
Isabel Pena was one of the early San Ildefonso potters. This is one of her few carved pieces. It is most likely that she made the plate and then it was carved by her daughter, Terasita. The style of carving is similar to that of her daughter. The front of the plate is polished red and carved with an avanyu. The interior carved area is filled in with the a cream colored clay. The back of the plate is also fully polished and it is tan. The plate is signed on the back in the clay, “Isabel”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Isabel Pena was a granddaughter of Cipriana Pena and a daughter of Tonita Pena (ca 1847-1910) who was known for making large storage vessels. Isabel was the wife of Pasqual Martinez. She was also the mother of noted potters Terasita Martinez and Petronella Martinez. Her great-grandson, Elvis Torres continues to make pottery today.
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