Gutierrez, Lela & Luther – Polychrome Bowl with Mountain Design (1956-66)
Lela Gutierrez began making pottery in the 1930’s with her husband, Van Gutierrez. After Van passed away in 1956 she continued to make pottery with her son, Luther Gutierrez. She would make the pieces and Luther would paint the designs. They worked together for only 10 years from 1956 to 1966. This open bowl is a later piece of their pottery. It has a triangular mountain design painted around the shoulder. Above the mountains are cloud patterns, each with a different design. “Inside” the mountains are various earth symbols. All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips and painted onto the piece before it was fired. It is signed on the bottom, “Lela/Luther”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.