Gutierrez, Lela & Luther – Polychrome Wedding Vase (1956-66)
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 is a classic wedding vase. It is painted with a water serpent encircling the piece and rain clouds on the spouts. 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 excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.