Like her mother-in-law, Rose Gonazles, this artist married into San Ildefonso Pueblo and its pottery tradition.
However, she had already learned the “spiritual significance of the clay” from her mother and grandmother at Zia Pueblo.
Named an official Master, of Santa Fe Indian Market, she is an innovator and experimenter.
She is credited with developing two-toned pottery, sgrafitto designs, and inlaid stones.
She is also given credit for promoting the use of micaceous clay slips. All these are fabulously exemplified in this piece.
This imposing jar beautifully shows her special touches: the red clay rim ( which requires a re-firing ), the sparkly micaceous slip on the carved Avanyu, and the inlaid natural turquoise for its eye.
The stone-polished areas are a gorgeously glossy contrast to the mica-flecked, matte, carved band.
Dora is famous for her mirror-bright polish, as well.
An impeccable example of this celebrated artist’s work, this jar is uncommonly perfect in every way.