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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  – “Pleiades Star” Jar

Juan Cruz creates complex painted polychrome pottery.  He is a son of noted potter Lois Gutierrez.  Lois made the jar and Juan, who is noted for his illustrations, painted the design using natural clay slips.  This jar has a rounder shape and intricately painted figures.  Juan wrote of the scene he painted as follows:

“This piece was inspired by my admiration for ancient Greek pottery and is my own interpretation of the Pleiades star cluster, which is also known as the Seven Sisters.  In Greek mythology, the Pleiads were the seven daughters of Atlas and the oceanid Pleione. The sisters were Maia, Electra, Alcyone, Taygete, Asterope, Celaeno and Merope.  In my design, I’ve depicted them as Tewa women with some holding stylized star pattern baskets.

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and the flow of imagery across the piece.   The description is written on the back of a hand-painted graphic of the four directions.  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 in 2018.

$ 2,500.00
de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez  – “Birds of Song and Prey” Jar

Juan Cruz creates complex painted polychrome pottery.  He is a son of noted potter Lois Gutierrez.  Lois made the jar and Juan, who is noted for his illustrations, painted the design using natural clay slips.  This water jar has sloping sides and intricately painted figures.  Juan wrote of the scene he painted as follows:

“And the Sisters asked, “What new creation is in these next two bowls?”  They hold them aloft and from one emerged the songbirds of the trees and form the other emerged the birds of pretty; each having the breath of life given to it.”

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and especially the figures.  On one side are the two women holding kiva bowls.  Next to one is a songbird and next to the other is a hawk (bird of prey).   The description is written on the back of a hand-painted graphic of the four directions.  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 in 2018.

$ 1,500.00
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