Barbara Gonzales (Tahn Moo Whe - Sunbeam) was born in 1947. She was the daughter of Anita Martinez and eldest granddaughter of Adam and Santana Martinez, eldest great-granddaughter of Maria Martinez. Her sister is Kathy Sanchez, her son Cavan Gonzales.
Barbara grew up learning to make pottery with her family during the development of San Ildefonso blackware. However, she is known for intricately carved red, sienna, black and polychrome bowls and seed pots, sometimes with inlaid coral and turquoise but always with the "good luck spider" motif which she began developing in 1973.
In her words: "Whenever an Indian gets involved with art, they do it with their whole being - that's what makes the art unique." The sgraffito spider and spiderweb work she does have become her trademark.
Barbara signs most of her pieces "Tahn Moo Whe" but I have seen some signed "Sunbeam."