Gutierrez, Helen – Red Plate with Feather Design (1980s)
This is a classic plate by Helen Gutierrez (1935-1993). She was a daughter of Isabel Atencio, a sister of Gilbert Atencio, and the mother of Geraldine, Carol, and Rose Gutierrez. She was known for her traditional San Ildefonso pottery. This plate is fully polished on the front. It has a feather and cloud design painted onto the polished surface before it was fired. It is a cream-colored clay on the polished red. Typical of her work it is highly polished and precision painted. It was traditionally fired. The plate is signed on the back, “Helen Gutierrez”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.