Gutierrez, Lois – Polychrome Bowl with Rain Maiden and Rain Clouds (1990s)
This is a wide polychrome painted bowl 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 seven different colors of clay! There is a Rainbow Maiden on half the bowl holding rain clouds. Note the detail in her skirt and tablita. The remainder of the bowl has four rain clouds, each above a plant design. The bowl is not just detailed but colorful in appearance. 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”, It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.