de la Cruz, Juan and Lois Gutierrez – “Koshari & Avanyu” Jar
8"w x 9"h
Juan de la 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. The jar is fully designed with imagery across the surface. There are Koshari clowns along with an avanyu around the neck of the jar. The jar is truly polychrome (more than three colors of clay). Note the intricacy and detail in the various designs. 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.