Gutierrez, Lois – Jar with Skunk Family and Rain Clouds
This is an intricately painted polychrome 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. This piece has a “skunk family” on it with three skunks. They are each getting a different color of corn! To the side of them is a rainbow and a born plate with a rain cloud. Below the shoulder is a rain cloud design. Note all the colors on this jar! There are at least EIGHT different colors of clay that are on the piece! Did you know that Lois collects each of the different clays from around Santa Clara Pueblo in order to create these colorations? The jar was traditionally fired. It is signed on the bottom, “Lois 2020”.