Tse-Pe & Dora – Black & Sienna Bowl with Bear Design (1974)
Tse-Pe Gonzales and his wife, Dora, began working together around 1971. Dora would make the pottery and Tse-Pe would etch the designs. This jar is a classic piece of their pottery. The bowl is fully polished and there is a medallion of design on one side. There is a bear with a heartline etched into the clay. The area is two-toned black and sienna. The remainder of the bowl is a near gunmetal coloration. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay “Tse-Pe and Dora”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Tse-Pe and Dora worked individually from 1980 to 2000, but their early collaborative work remains innovative, creative and of the highest quality even compared to many of today’s potters.