Gutierrez, Lois – Polychrome Seedpot with Four Frogs (1980s)
This is a charming 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! Each of the frogs is different, representing each of the four directions. Below them are water designs. 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 very good condition wtih no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.