Gutierrez, Lela (1895-1966)
Lela Gutierrez was married to noted potter Van Gutierrez. Their children, Luther and Margaret, continued in their traditional style of pottery. She began making pottery in the 1930’s. Her early pieces are signed, “Lela’ and then later signed “Lela/Van”. After Van passed away she then worked with Luther from 1956-66 and the work is signed, “Lela/Luther”.
Gutierrez, Luther (1911-1987)
Luther Gutierrez (1911-1987) was a son of noted potters, Lela and Van Gutierrez. He began painting his mother’s pottery in 1956. They worked together until 1966, and then he began painting the pottery of his sister, Margaret. Their pieces are signed, “Margaret/Luther.” Over the years they won numerous awards for their distinctive polychrome pottery.