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Juan de la Cruz

Juan de la Cruz is a son of noted potter Lois Gutierrez and a grandson of Petra Gutierrez. His aunts are potters Gloria Garcia (Goldenrod), Minnie Vigil and Thelma Talachy. Juan de la Cruz follows in the tradition of his mother Lois and is now one of the few potters at Santa Clara Pueblo who continues to create true polychrome pottery. Each of the different colors on his pottery is derived from different clays collected around the southwest! Few potters are willing to take the time to find the different clays to create the various colors.  Juan is known for his paintings and illustrations, and now he has begun to paint his story illustration on pottery.  We are very impressed with his talents as a new young emerging artist in this traditional Santa Clara Pottery Pueblo art style.  While Juan is new to the pottery world, he most recently won “Best of Pottery” at Gallup Ceremonials in 2017! We are very glad to have added Juan to our stable of Pottery artist and look forward to a wonderful future working with such a young talent!

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de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez  – 15″ “Parrot Girl” Storage Jar

Juan Cruz creates extraordinary painted polychrome pottery.  He is a son of noted potter Lois Gutierrez.  Lois made this massive jar and Juan, who is noted for his illustrations, painted the design using natural clay slips.  This jar is a rather massive storage jar shape with the round side and short neck.   Juan wrote of the scene he painted as follows:

“This piece depicts scenes from the story of the marriage of Tayi P’i; when she meets her new husband while still in parrot form and the presentation of gifts from her father to her new in-laws.  The band arcing forth from the geometric parrot design represents the return journey with her new husband when she conducts him safely back to their new home after he made and kept his promise to keep his eyes closed and to place his trust in her.  Upon their arrival she shakes forth the gifts sent by her father from the folds of her wings and transforms into a beautiful woman, afterwards telling her new husband to open his eyes.”

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and especially the figures.  They are each distinctive in stance or dress.  There is a beautiful combination of imagery on the jar which emphasizes the shape but also tells a wonderful story!   While Juan is new to the pottery world, he recently won “Best of Pottery” at Gallup Ceremonials in 2017 and has been featured in articles in Cowboys & Indians Magazine and Native Art Magazine.

 

$ 7,500.00
de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez  – “Eagle Sun and Rabbit Moon” Plate

Juan Cruz creates complex painted polychrome pottery.  He is a son of noted potter Lois Gutierrez.  Lois made the plate and Juan, who is noted for his illustrations, painted the design using natural clay slips.  This is the first time Juan has painted on a plate, giving him a large canvas surface.  The plate is the story of the sun and moon.  Juan wrote of the scene he painted as follows:

“The cycle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon, revolving in an eternal circle.  The sun giving light while the moon give cooling relief in her pale light.  The geometrics of the design on the plate represent the eagle’s association with the sun.  For the Moon’s design, I drew inspiration from a Mimbres design of a rabbit forming in the shadow of a crescent moon.”

The plate is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and especially the figures.  They are each distinctive instance or dress.  He has captured a beautiful balance of the designs as the sun swirls into the moon.  The crescent moon and the rabbit are opposite the Tewa sun and the eagle.  Exceptional!  The back of the plate is fully polished red. The description is written on the back of a hand-painted graphic of a Brother Sun and Sister Moon.  What a phenomenal addition to this piece and the painting helps to better understand how exceptional Juan is with his art.   While Juan is new to the pottery world, he recently won “Best of Pottery” at Gallup Ceremonials in 2017 and has been featured in articles in Cowboys & Indians Magazine and Native Art Magazine.

$ 2,200.00
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