Gutierrez, Lois – Jar with Weaver and Rug
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 has a Navajo woman weaving a rug. She is sitting at the loom with the woven rug flowing out in front of her. Above the rug are cloud, rain, and star designs. The rug is a beautiful coloration with various gray clay slips. Below the shoulder, the jar is painted with a red rain cloud design. Note the number of different clay colors on the 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 2021”.