Gutierrez, Lois – Jar with Rabbits and Avanyu
This is an intricately painted jar by Lois Gutierrez. She is one of the few potters who continues to create polychrome pottery at Santa Clara. Polychrome, or more than three different colors of clay slips, are all painted onto the surface of the vessel before it is fired. This is a water jar shape with a wide shoulder and an elongated neck. The jar is painted with a continuous scene of four rabbits and an avanyu. There is an additional design of a cloud, rain and rainbow. Check out the variety of colors she was able to use on each of rabbits! Below the shoulder is a rain pattern and a “rabbit ear” design. All the colors are derived from natural clay slips. This jar has over five different natural clay colors utilized. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Lois”. This is an intricate piece of Lois’s pottery which combines a cultural legacy in design with one in clay.