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de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez – “Awatovi Parrots” Jar

de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez – “Awatovi Parrots” Jar

8.5"w x 9.5"h
$ 2,500.00
Availability: Out of stock

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:

“For this piece i drew inspriaiton from one of hte Awatovi Kiva murals scenes and employed my own stylistic re-intrepretation to it.”

The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay).  Note the intricacy of the painted designs and especially the figures.  The figures include some amazing detail along with the birds.  Below the shoulder are stylized parrots.  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.


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Artist

Artist

Cruz, Juan de la (b. 1983)

juan de la cruzJuan de la Cruz

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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