Lela and Van Gutierrez began making polychrome pottery in the early 1930's. There had been a tradition of making polychrome work at the Pueblo, but few potters continued to paint in this style and it was quickly overtaken by the popularity of the black-on-black pottery. Lela would make the pottery and Van would paint the designs using native clay slips. Lela and Van's pottery have influence potters to this day, including descendant Jason Garcia, who continues in a similar style of polychrome pottery, updated for the new century. Lela and Van's work can be found in museums nationwide.
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