Gutierrez, Lela & Van – Polychrome Jar with Star and Mountain Designs (1930s)
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 jar is one of their classic shapes. It has layers of design with cloud, mountain, rain, and star patterns. The colorations of the clays place it in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The purple-colored clay was used by a variety of potters at that time. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. . It is signed, “Lela Van” on the bottom.