Cavan Gonzales

Pottery

Cavan Gonzales, "Tse-whang", or "Eagle Tail", is a leader in the polychrome revival at San Idelfonso Pueblo. He comes from a long line of distinguished Native American potters starting with his great-great grandmother, Maria Martinez.

Polychrome pottery requires the application of …

Cavan Gonzales, "Tse-whang", or "Eagle Tail", is a leader in the polychrome revival at San Idelfonso Pueblo. He comes from a long line of distinguished Native American potters starting with his great-great grandmother, Maria Martinez.

Polychrome pottery requires the application of three or more colors of clay slip to the bowls to create one's design. Cavan's specialty is large sized bowls with finely painted motifs. He works in traditional methods though his designs are inspired by both past and present day life, including technology such as solar energy.

Each pot by Cavan is a striving force in continuing the family tradition of making the very finest in pueblo pottery. Cavan's talents in the "graphic arts" are self-evident. Aside from Blue Rain Gallery, his art has been exhibited at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. and at the New Mexico State Capital, to name a few places.

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