Polychrome Sgraffito Jar with Heishi by John Gonzales

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John Gonzales, San Ildefonso Pueblo Pottery

Artist signature of John Gonzales (1955 - ) San Ildefonso PuebloThis modern jar was made by John Gonzales of San Ildefonso Pueblo. It was completed in 2000.

This beautiful jar is a testament to how talented Gonzales is as a potter. The sgraffito carving surrounding the Avanyu (Water Serpent) is flawless. Most of the jar is slipped in red clay and left in a matte finish rather than a polished finish. Two rows of turquoise heishi frame the carved area.

The jar is signed and dated 2000.

John Gonzales has a most impressive background. He earned scholarships that allowed him to obtain a B.A. at Stanford University and a Masters at MIT. At age 32 he served as President of the National Congress of American Indians, the youngest ever to hold that position and the only Pueblo Indian to do so. For a much more detailed biography of this young man, see Pueblo Indian Pottery 750 Artist Biographies by Greg Schaaf.


Condition: this pottery vesse is in pristine condition.

Provenance: this Polychrome Sgraffito Jar with Heishi by John Gonzales is from the estate of a resident of Santa Fe

Reference: Pueblo Indian Pottery 750 Artist Biographies by Greg Schaaf.

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John Gonzales, San Ildefonso Pueblo Pottery
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