Gutierrez, Lois – Water Jar with Tumbling Eagles and Avanyu
Lois Gutierrez is one of the few potters who continue to create traditional polychrome (more than 3 colors of clay) pottery at Santa Clara Pueblo. This is a traditional style water jar with a low shoulder and sloping neck. The jar is painted with natural clay slips and there are over five different colors used. Around the neck, there are two eagles in a tumbling or swirling position. Next to the birds are old-style water serpents (avanyu) and stars. The area around the shoulder has cloud and rain designs in red. The jar has been traditionally fired outdoor and overall is a striking coloration. It is signed on the indented bottom of the jar, “Lois”. It’s always exciting to see her new work and have these amazing pieces in the gallery!