Gutierrez, Denny – Red Jar with Feather Design (1987)
Denny Gutierrez was known for his faceted melon bowls. However, he also created exceptional painted vessels. This is one of his few redware pieces. The jar is fully polished red and painted with a matte creme colored slip. The design is a VERY tightly painted feather pattern. Note how he painted his feathers. They are at a slight angle swirling around the jar. As well, above the feathers are sections with “bird heads”. The dots are either the eyes or the nostril on the beak. The symmetry and precision of the painting is exceptional The jar is from 1987, so very early in his career. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Denny Gutierrez”.