Gutierrez, Lois – Storage Jar with Hummingbirds, Birds and Corn Designs
Stunning! Lois Gutierrez is one of the few potters who continues to create large storage jars. Check out the size of this piece, as it is massive! As well, she is one of the only Pueblo potters who makes a true polychrome vessel (more than 3 clay colors). This jar has five different natural clay colors utilized. The neck of the jar has hummingbirds and flowers. Each bird is separated by a cloud pattern. Around the body of the jar are swirling birds and flowers. Separating each of the birds is a rainbow (with 5 colors) and then a stalk of corn. Each stalk is a different color representing the different directions (red, white, yellow and blue). The bodies of each of the birds have a detailed cloud pattern in the center. The jar is a beautiful combination of colors and traditional designs. Few of her pieces have this level of complexity in the designs! Lois’s ability to create such beautifully painted scenes with clay is remarkable in addition to her portrayal of a cultural legacy in design in clay. It is signed on the bottom “Lois 2018”. The last photo is one of the storage jar in the fire at Lois’s house at Santa Clara Pueblo…a very HUGE fire!!