Gutierrez, Lois – Large Polychrome Seed Bowl with Lizards (1980s)
This is a visually spectacular seedpot 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 piece has a matte background and is painted with six different colors of clay! The top has two multi-color lizards. They swirl around the top and are separated by linear geometric lightning patterns. The geometrics have thin lines creating additional depth and design. The creativity of this piece seems to combine the ancient designs of Chaco Canyon (black and white) with Lois’s polychrome imagery. Did you know that Lois collects each of the different clays from around Santa Clara Pueblo in order to create these colorations? The piece was traditionally fired. It is signed on the bottom, “Lois Derek”, It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.