Gutierrez, Lela & Luther – Polychrome Double Handle Jar (1964)
Lela Gutierrez began making pottery in the 1930s 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 jar is from 1964. It is a double handle water jar. There is a Yei figure and two eagles on each side. They are painted with various colors of clay slip so that there are six different colors of clay on this jar! 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. There are a few light surface abrasions.