Cavan

7" dia. Black-on-Black Bowl by Cavan Tseh-Whang Gonzales

7″ dia. Black-on-Black Bowl by Cavan Tseh-Whang Gonzales

Cavan Gonzales, Tseh-Whang (Eagle Tail), the eldest of Barbara & Robert’s four sons, began making pottery around the age of six and over the years has made a name for himself as a master potter, well-rounded artist, and a leader in the polychrome revival of San Ildefonso.

7" dia. Polychrome Bowl by Cavan Tseh-Whang Gonzales

7″ dia. Polychrome Bowl by Cavan Tseh-Whang Gonzales

Polychrome pieces require the application of three or more colors of clay slip and natural pigments of color to create a design.

12" high Polychrome Olla by Cavan Tseh-Whang Gonzales

12″ high Polychrome Olla by Cavan Tseh-Whang Gonzales

Today he specializes in the creation & design of larger pieces of pottery called ollas, which were traditionally used to carry water.

8" dia. Polychrome Plate by Cavan Tseh-Whang Gonzales

8″ dia. Polychrome Plate by Cavan Tseh-Whang Gonzales

With emphasis on his meticulously painted motifs, deriving subject matter from songs of ceremony, nature & technology and transforming them into geometric & iconic symbols that adorn his pieces.

7" dia. Spherical Black-on-Black Bowl by Cavan Tseh-Whang Gonzales

7″ dia. Spherical Black-on-Black Bowl by Cavan Tseh-Whang Gonzales

Throughout the years Cavan has won numerous awards and garnered national recognition for his artistic endeavors both in and outside the world of clay. Cavan has been using the icon of a tadpole as of symbol of fertility and transition, they can typically be found making a home for themselves amongst his works.

8" dia. Polychrome Plate by Cavan Tseh-Whang Gonzales

8″ dia. Polychrome Plate by Cavan Tseh-Whang Gonzales