Gutierrez, Lela & Van – Polychrome Handled Bowl with Deer (1950s)
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. This large bowl has handles and it is fully designed. The bottom half is slipped red. The top is painted with scenes of deer on both sides. The deer are stylized and represent the summer and winter. Ohe side has the tree and plant blooming and the other side has the tree with no leaves and the ground more desolate. It is unusual to see pieces with the squared-off handles. The use of the deer and the handles (along with the red base) is more consistent with their later work. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is some missing slip which can be seen in the photos and is typical of the age. It is signed, “Lela Van” on the bottom.