de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez – “Corn Maiden” 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. The plate is a perfect shape to show the entire story he is creating in clay. There are three figures along with a corn maiden and a duck extending up from the side. The plate has some amazing detail that Juan paints with clay onto the clay vessel! Juan wrote of the scene he painted as follows:
The plate is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay). Note the intricacy and detail in the various designs. It comes in a metal museum mount which was made for the plate. While Juan is new to the pottery world, he recently won “Best of Pottery” at Gallup Ceremonials in 2017 and again in 2019. He has been featured in articles in Cowboys & Indians Magazine and Native Art Magazine in 2018.