Gutierrez, Lela & Luther – Polychrome Thunderbird Open Bowl (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 fully painted on the inside. There is a thunderbird in the center and a star pattern. On the inside rim of the bowl are alternating sun and lizard designs. 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.