Tse-Pe & Dora – Black & Sienna Jar with Avanyu (1975)
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 an exceptional piece of their pottery. The jar has a round shoulder which comes to a sharp edge and then up to an elongated neck. The rim is two-tone black and sienna. The jar itself is fired to striking gunmetal coloration. The avanyu is etched into the clay around the shoulder and there is a single inset of turquoise for the eye. 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 the 1980-2000, but their early collaborative work remains innovative, creative and of the highest quality even compared to many of today’s potters.